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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. of New South Wales unions Kevin Rudd gets the crucial support Tonight -

he has the numbers. but Kim Beazley says comes home Black Hawk pilot Mark Bingley to a military guard of honour. in a shark attack A teenager loses a leg off a popular holiday beach. And Paul Collingwood hits 200 in the second Test. as England digs in COMMENTATOR: Stand up. a wonderful innings. Stand up, England - with Chris Bath. VOICE-OVER: This is Seven News Good evening. of New South Wales unions Kevin Rudd has won the vital backing leader of the Labor Party. in his fight to become But Kim Beazley's supporters claim to win Monday's ballot their man has the numbers and not one vote is about to change hands. Kim Beazley took time out today. to help feed Sydney's homeless Fighting for his political life, to accept any charity for himself. but far from ready find themselves out of a job Any of your colleagues and in need of comfort, and in need of food they can come to Exodus. I don't need any food, mate. Nice of you to say that, mate. The Opposition leader is confident in the job. he has the numbers to stay to lead the Australian Labor Party. I am the right person and I've got the experience. I've got the toughness But cracks are beginning to show

Mr Beazley can reach voters. over doubts One of those doubters the New South Wales union movement. is the most senior member of that can speak to people We need someone

in a way they understand. Kim's always difficulty doing that. He's been a good leader, but I think you need someone and relate to. who people can understand The leadership contest is fragmented on factional lines. and not being fought in tearing leaders down. I don't believe hip, Joined at the political Labor's so-called dream team from hitting the phones also took a rest in Kevin Rudd's Brisbane electorate. a bit of Queensland sunshine, here it is - fantastic. I promised sunshine. We deliver, OK? to be just behind, While Kim Beazley is said there's little in it. It's a tight race. but it's tight. We're confident we'll get there, Whatever the result on Monday, will be to convince the electorate Labor's biggest challenge its leadership woes are over. they won't roll the dice again. The challengers say Absolutely not. This is one contest and that's it. It's absolutely not qualification. has saluted Captain Mark Bingley A military honour guard from the Black Hawk crash off Fiji. as his casket arrived home there's video of the accident The Defence Department has confirmed to investigators. which has been handed over unit lined the Townsville tarmac. Soldiers from Captain Mark Bingley's and those he taught Mates he flew with

and mentor. escorted the body of their friend BAGPIPES PLAY SOFTLY as the coffin passed by. 200 soldiers snapped a salute One by one,

the only sound The tune of a lone piper by the constant noise on a base normally surrounded BAGPIPES PLAY SOFTLY Captain Bingley held dear - His coffin was covered in the things the Australian flag,

from his wife and son a posy of flowers and the blue beret of his regiment.

outside the base The honour guard stretched paid their respects. as members of the community a very strong bond in this country It definitely proves there's between servicemen, ex-servicemen and the community at large. The other injured air crew and SAS soldiers

a few hours later, flew into Townsville their return low-key and private. Josh Porter The family of SAS trooper may never have the opportunity with a full military funeral. to farewell their son The tribute to his Army service could be just a name on a cenotaph wall. where the chopper sank After days of searching of the 28-year-old there's still no sign to search the wreckage. and Defence is unlikely "Well, all hope is lost." There will come a time when they say that time will never come, One always hopes that but no doubt it will. The military isn't releasing video of the crash to investigators. which has been handed over The parents of Private Jake Kovco of a cover-up are accusing the military into his death. in the official report her son was skylarking with his gun Judith Kovco rejects claims

moments before he shot himself. Repulsed, absolutely repulsed, but I did expect it from them investigating themselves. because they're a fresh coronial inquest. The Kovco family is demanding A 15-year-old boy has lost a leg Western Australia. in a shark attack off was bodysurfing near Esperance Zach Golebiowski a 4.5m white pointer. when he was grabbed by in Perth this afternoon He was airlifted to hospital

who pulled him out of the water. with his 18 year-old brother, was first in the water His older brother and knew it was a shark and saw a really big tail

his brother was in trouble and realised and took him to shore.

below the knee. He's lost his right leg to shoot the shark. Police have permission

While marine life is attacking on the other side of the country, a pod of whales in Tasmania. a group of humans is trying to save But they're fighting a losing battle of the stranded mammals with just five still alive. on Tasmania's wild west coast, At Ocean Beach being fought with buckets... a battle for survival ..and spades. were found yesterday, When 27 pilot whales more than half were already dead. It's devastating. It's gut wrenching.

to keep the survivors wet and cool Volunteers tried and stop their blowholes being buried. It's a moving experience for me. I've never been so close to whales before. This morning, only five were still alive but rescuers were able to move them to deeper, calmer water and may try and return them to the ocean tomorrow. They're just very tired, they're very fatigued, so whether they will recover once they get out there again, it is problematic - who knows? This time of year is notorious for strandings in Tasmania, especially pilot whales

and Ocean Beach is a whale trap - a shallow beach thought to confuse their sonar. Were they chasing food or coming to help another whale in trouble? All we know is they're left struggling for life

while we're still struggling to understand. I'm not going to be the same after this experience. I'm going to learn a lot more about it so I can be useful if I'm ever in a situation like this again. Heavy snowfalls have suspended the search for a Sydney man missing in a remote mountain range in New Zealand. 62-year-old James Morgan is believed to be somewhere near Mount Sefton on the South Island. The experienced climber has been missing for almost a month. Nearly 2m of snow has fallen in the area in the past week, increasing the risk of avalanches. Farmers in the State's central west have been told

cloud seeding is the answer to the drought.

In a region that hasn't seen decent rain for six years, there's hope the Government will pay to give it a go. They came to hear the great hope. John Denham, Snowy Hydro... Experts who say

cloud seeding is the answer to Narrabri's drought. ..and Don Richardson from the University of Technology rainmaker team - that's quite a list.

James Kahl is one who wants it to happen. His farm hasn't seen decent rain in six years. So what do you need? A flood. The experts say dumping chemicals into clouds to make it rain is not weird science. Ian Searle did it successfully near Narrabri in 1995. And they produced heavy rain and part of the catchment area, in the three months we were there,

got more than 1.5 times their normal rainfall. It might even work in Sydney. Warragamba catchment, 9,000 square kilometres - an ideal place for a cloud seeding operation. Why aren't we doing it? The State Opposition is going to the March election

with a promise to fund a trial, provided the Federal Government pays half. To make it $5 million investigation into cloud seeding.

It's a familiar but frustrating sight for local farmers -

the sky is literally full of heavy rain clouds, but there's not a drop falling to the dry paddocks below where it's really needed. So if we can create a simple science that's going to trigger those clouds releasing their water - fantastic. Police say there's no sign of trouble at Cronulla, a week out from the anniversary of the riots. There's still a show of force by authorities, but a year after the uprising, Muslim teenagers are on the beach training to be lifesavers. For these kids, surf lifesaving isn't just about having fun on the beach - it's about building tolerance. We're actually getting out there and showing the community that we're just ordinary Australians like you guys. Muslim teenagers are taking part in surf lifesaving programs at Cronulla. And burquas are no barrier for the girls, thanks to the burquini. Hopefully I'll influence all women to get out there,

not just Muslim women. Organisers say there was some initial reluctance, but now teenagers from south-western Sydney are lining up to take the plunge. I think, once we did our first week or two, it showed that there was no issues,

that everyone was very welcoming. So once we got over that initial worry, it all worked out well. Cronulla is a long way from Lakemba, but these kids say the cultures aren't that far apart. It's just the experience - learning something different, learning a new skill. This time last year, tensions were running high here ahead of the riots that divided the country. Today, it couldn't be a more different story. The way I see it, Australians are very forgiving. What's happened has happened - it's in the past.

In the past, but not forgotten. Hundreds of police will be on duty at all beaches this summer, especially next weekend, the anniversary of the riots. We have no intelligence whatsoever to suggest that there will be any disturbances. we will have police in place on that day. 48 people have been arrested at a dance party in Sydney. Police say they've seized more than $5,000 worth of drugs at Homebake in The Domain, using sniffer dogs to search the crowd. 20,000 people packed the park to hear an all Australian line-up that included actress-turned-singer Toni Collette. # Anything is possible # Everything is probable in here # Not even rain could dampen the crowd's spirit. Ahead in Seven News -

A mother and baby hurt in a Sydney police pursuit. Also - Fiji's military chief tells our reporter the coup could happen tonight. And Sydney homes light up for Christmas. MAN: I'm crispy. I'm garlicky. SEDUCTIVE MUSIC I am cheesy. I love walks on the beach. Just you and me. RECORD SCRATCHES Yes, we have a cheesy side. Try Domino's new Cheesy Garlic Bread. MAN: I'm crispy. I'm garlicky. SEDUCTIVE MUSIC I am cheesy. I love walks on the beach. Just you and me. RECORD SCRATCHES Yes, we have a cheesy side. Try Domino's new Cheesy Garlic Bread. for a mother and her young baby A lucky escape overnight

during a police pursuit in Sydney's north-west. Their car was rammed by a driver trying to escape a patrol car on Windsor Road at Kellyville. A 20-year-old had allegedly avoided a random breath test and was being chased at speeds of 130km/h. The woman and her 11-week-old baby were treated for shock. Australia's favourite royal Princess Mary has slipped quietly into Sydney on the last leg of her holiday here.

The Princess, husband Frederik and baby son Christian are relaxing at the exclusive beachfront hide-away Currawong, north of Pittwater.

They arrived at the retreat by luxury cruiser this afternoon. The royals are expected to remain in Sydney for the next few days. Fiji's military leader is expecting to take control of his country as early as tonight. In an exclusive interview with Seven News, he insists it would be the best outcome for Fiji, despite the concern of Australia and other Pacific nations. Fiji is waiting anxiously on Commodore Frank Bainimarama to deliver on his threat to overthrow the government. But today,

he was playing rugby with his troops. REPORTER: Just watching you out there today playing rugby - you seem quite at ease. As I said, there is no reason for anyone to be scared in Fiji. Troops are beginning to patrol the streets. This group tried to stop our cameraman recording. There's now confusion about who's in control. While Fiji's military chief played rugby, Prime Minister Laisania Qarase quietly slipped back into the capital after spending the night in hiding with the rest of his government. Are you now in charge of the country, as you see it? Well, I am not - but the fact of the matter is, that everybody has run away. The Prime Minister has run away to Suvasuva. I don't know why he needs to run away. Is he in danger? No, he's not. He expects Fiji's president to hand over control of the country tonight in a national address. You believe in democracy, Sir? I believe in democracy. Do you believe this is the way a democratic country should act? This is the way the democratic process should be brought about. By a military overthrowing the government, though? By getting rid of corruption in the country. Despite criticism from Australia, Commodore Bainimarama insists he's doing the right thing. What you're doing now is for the best of Fiji? I have no doubt, that what I'm doing now is for the best for Fiji. You are sleeping OK at night? I have no problem. The rest of Fiji is not sleeping as peacefully. There's a new twist in the death of a former Russian spy with two more people testing positive to the radioactive poison that killed him. An Italian security expert who met Alexander Litvinenko at a London restaurant the day he became sick also has polonium-210 in his body. He is currently well and shows no symptoms of radiation poisoning.

Litvinenko's ex-wife is the other person to test positive to the poison. Snow storms in the United States have turned deadly Sydney adventurer Andrew McAuley is on a world-first journey tonight, attempting to paddle 1,600km across the Tasman Sea. There were a few tears as the kayaker left his young family this morning for the solo trip from Tasmania to New Zealand. Basically, I get a terrific sense of satisfaction from pulling off a trip like this safely and responsibly and, yeah, I'm just drawn to challenges like this. The trip is expected to take 30 days. The festive season is under way in Sydney with thousands of homes switching on Christmas lights. Homes, like this one in Janet Street, Russell Lea, are already attracting the crowds with a spectacular display When you see the little kids having fun like they are tonight,

that does it for me.

And the owners of this home in Cumberland Road, Greystenes are no strangers to Christmas, lighting up their decorations for a 30th year. Time for sport with Nick McArdle and a tough day for Australia's cricketers. Hello, Chris. Yes, England have pretty much batted Australia out of the second Test. Paul Collingwood and Kevin Pietersen the stars. Collingwood with a brilliant double century. COMMENTATOR: Wonderful, wonderful - straight down the ground. Paul Collingwood goes to 200 with a great shot. And our swimming coach forced to defend Australia's buffed golden girls. It's been a while since our cricketers have had it as tough as they did today at Adelaide Oval. They've suffered through a record-breaking day from England in the second Ashes Test. Paul Collingwood's 206 was his highest Test score and the first double century by an Englishman in Australia for 70 years. The Army deployed early - joining an eclectic mix for super, or was it super hero Saturday?

And it took barely five minutes for England to anoint its own Superman. His third Test century,

but critically, his first Ashes ton. Pietersen had one major scare on the way to his milestone - COMMENTATOR: Got him - yes! 'No', says umpire Steven Bucknor. Brett Lee was furious, but technology backed Bucknor's decision. Peitersen revelled in the let-off - this the shot of the morning. That is elegance! You don't often see this against Glenn McGrath. In this form, he remains public enemy number one for the Aussies. 92 at the Gabba and a brilliant 100 here. 10 fours and a six in an innings of complete dominance. Not a wicket before lunch, the century-makers rubbing it in. I think it's going to go for six. That's a magnificent shot. Post-lunch was a statistician's delight - a record 4th-wicket partnership. England passed 450. That's very good footwork from Collingwood. The Aussies were driven to distraction - then Collingwood's finest moment in Test cricket. Wonderful! Wonderful! England's first double century in Australia in 70 years - deserving of this reaction. Yeah! He reached 206 before fatigue and Clark struck. Got him! Just before tea. Pietersen dined, then departed for the third time for 158. Ponting's enthusiasm remarkable after so long in the field. Oh, he's got him - he's out. And in his 47th over, finally a reward for Warne. Jones gone for 1. Well bowled, Shane Warne. But this was England's day. Australia's head swim coach Alan Thompson has been forced to defend two of his stars on the eve of the national titles in Brisbane. The buffed physiques of Libby Lenton and Leisel Jones are the talk of the titles but Thompson says any suggestion of foul play is nonsense. Their appearance certainly has people talking.

Lenton and Jones have bulked up in the gym, but will they raise eyebrows in the swimming world? Oh, only from jealous people. Thompson insists his stars are clean and any claims they would cheat are rubbish. Everything's all good and I think our girls look in great shape.

Including our new Madame Butterfly, Jessicah Schipper, who isn't daunted by her rival's new look. My role model throughout my life was Susie O'Neill and she was always really little, and didn't have the rippling biceps and whatnot. The 200 metre world record holder will battle Lenton in the 100. Both are Brisbane girls, but Schipper's been forced out of home this week, by her triplet brothers. I need some sleep. They finished school last week, so they're out of control. Grant Hackett returns as Australia's only male superstar post-Thorpe. But he's tipping a revival from our men's squad. Someone like Ian Thorpe can cast a big shadow over a lot of other competitors. I mean, these guys can be swimming world class times but not necessarily be recognised for it. And Matt Welsh returns to the scene of his first national title, needing one more to be the first person to 50. He has three events to reach the record. It's something I'm pretty proud of. Commonwealth Games gold medallist Nathan Deakes has broken a world record for the 50km road walk. On home soil in Geelong, Deakes sliced 16 seconds off the previous mark set by Olympic champion Robert Korzeniowski. Deakes was overcome with emotion and says it'll go some way towards wiping away the pain of Athens when he was disqualified. To do it at home, that's probably what makes it even more special and I'll be very content to look in the record book and the see the place to be Geelong. The 29-year-old took almost 4 minutes off his previous best. There's a 3-way tie for the lead after the third round of the New Zealand Open in Auckland. Aussies Kim Felton and Marcus Fraser are at 5 under, along with England's Graeme Storm. He carded the best round of the day, a 6 under par 65, which included five birdies and no bogeys. Marcus Fraser also mastered the windy conditions, shooting a 1 under par 70 on a day when most of the leaders struggled. And Russia and Argentina are tied at one rubber apiece after day one of the Davis Cup final in Moscow. World No.3 Nikolay Davydenko broke a 5-game losing streak against Juan Ignacio Chela, taking the match in four sets. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE But with Maradona leading the Argentinean fans, David Nalbandian squared it up, overpowering Marat Safin in straight sets to level the tie heading into tomorrow's doubles.

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it is burrs silts and. Full Due to exceptionally dry conditions and record low inflows into our dams, Canberra is now in Stage 2 Water Restrictions. Measures include no sprinklers, only dripper systems and hand-watering at specific times. However, ACTEW's general exemption allows limited use on weekends only of sprinklers and other irrigation systems to relieve your garden. Simply save water. For full details, contact ACTEW's Water Conservation Office. MAN: I'm crispy. I'm garlicky. SEDUCTIVE MUSIC I am cheesy. I love walks on the beach. Just you and me. RECORD SCRATCHES Yes, we have a cheesy side. Try Domino's new Cheesy Garlic Bread. A piece of Sydney's history abandoned in the 80s is being restored for the 21st century. We reveal the $30 million makeover in Seven News tomorrow at 6:00. It was hot and steamy Saturday across Sydney and it ended with a bang. An afternoon storm brought temperatures down to 20 degrees in the city

with just a couple of millimetres of rain. Before that, we hit a top of 26. Up to 30 at Richmond, 27 on the Central Coast, 23 at Cronulla and 26 in the mountains. Around the country tomorrow - A cloudy day in most capitals

with rain in Brisbane and a steamy 32 in Perth. On Sydney's waterways - Conditions will be choppy tomorrow, with south-easterly winds reaching 25 knots. They'll ease to around 15 knots in the afternoon. Sydney will be cloudy with the chance of another storm tonight, but the rain should clear tomorrow. It'll be much cooler with a top of just 19 in the city, 22 in Penrith. And looking ahead - the chance of a shower on Monday, but becoming fine through the week. And that's Seven News to now, but I'll be back with updates later. I'm Chris Bath, thanks for your company. Goodnight. Supertext captions by the Australian Caption Centre. Contact? Yeah.

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JOHN: Welcome to the Best, or perhaps the Worst, of Red Faces. And now, here's Daryl. Thank you. And welcome to another half hour of the Best and Worst of Red Faces.