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(generated from captions) This program is live captioned ANDREW O'KEEFE: Good morning. is intensifying. The Victorian bushfire emergency firefighters battle. As residents scramble,

are burning across the State. More than a dozen major blazes coverage on this breaking story. This morning, we'll bring you live

It's Sunday, the 10th of December, 2006.

this is Weekend Sunrise. Right across Australia, here's Lisa and Andrew. Now, live from Brekky Central, Good morning. Thanks for joining us. by one big story - Our show is dominated this morning the Victorian bushfire crisis.

the worst blazes in the State Some are calling these for almost 70 years. of a predicted horror weekend. We're in the middle have been preparing for the worst. Several towns and villages Many have evacuated, to stay and fight. others have chosen your photos of what's happening. You've been sending in this shot of the wall of smoke, Kellie Schultz emailed us snapped on a flight from Adelaide

to Melbourne yesterday. of the scale of this. It gives you an idea

I was coming on a flight

I was coming on a flight from Melbourne yesterday and the

Melbourne yesterday and the whole airport Melbourne yesterday and the whole

airport was shrouded in smoke, so

much so that even

it was thick with smoke. Apparently much so that even inside the airport

the smoke alarms were going off mfrn

Yes, it sent off all the alarms and

delay all the flights, so it was a

cozy little morning in the airport. from Heyfield. Lianne Parker sent this picture in The firies have set up camp at the local football oval,

of their work. such is 24-hour nature cozy little morning in the airport. delay all the flights, so it was a

No doubt there are others of you out

there who have been snapping various

fire photos. If you

fire photos. If you have, we

love to see them. fire photos. If you have, we would email our Soapbox. If you've got a picture, We also have reporters and crews areas this morning, stationed in the worst-affected who's in Jamieson. including our own Simon Reeve, Simon, good morning. What's happening there now?

Good morning, good morning everyone.

On Friday, I don't know what you

thought Kyles on Friday, but it is

the most bizarre situation. Standing

in a place, wearing jackets

it is reasonably cool. Conditions in a place, wearing jackets because

for the last 48 hours have been for the last 48 hours have

benign, there has been very little

wind. None of the northerlies that

were forecast yesterday. Everyone is

sitting, hoping and waiting. They

worked through the night reinforcing

the containment linechise

burning just to the south of the containment linechise are

here, the towns of Kevington burning just to the south of us

Woods Point directly in the line of here, the towns of Kevington and

fire, especially if the northerly

forecast for gets going later today as is

forecast for around about midday.

They are expecting wind up to 50kmh.

But it is a weird situation. You

have smoke everywhere. Quiet at the

moment, all the fireies have been

working through the night, working moment, all the fireies have been

on the containment lines or sleep tg

off, ready for today. But let's

a look at the news now. off, ready for today. But let's take Good morning. for the whole State of Victoria, There's an extreme fire warning for horror weather today. as fire crews prepare Cheshunt, Mt Buller, The towns of Whitfield, Tolmie,

Licola and Briagolong are in immediate danger. from where we are in Jamieson, The fires have moved away may turn them back around. but a strong change this afternoon in the north-east of the State, So far, the danger has been focused but authorities are warning

could start new fires in the west. lightning strikes That poses a logistical nightmare stretched across 214,000 hectares. for the 4,000 firefighters already The rest of Victoria by a thick cloud of smoke. is being suffocated yesterday It set off alarms in Melbourne

at the airport. and caused long delays Southerly winds will clear some of that smoke later today.

If that change comes through. In other news this morning, in a light plane crash a man has been killed overnight. in western New South Wales

was flying his crop duster Police believe the pilot around 10pm near Mungindi and crashed into bushland. when he lost control The 45-year-old Wee Waa man was the only person on board.

from 'HMAS Melville' An Australian sailor

Let me just get back here, a few

little technical hitches. from 'HMAS Melville' An Australian sailor by local authorities in Noumea. has been detained in an assault The sailor was allegedly involved early on Saturday morning. and was arrested

No charges have been laid. promising signs Early poll results show Kevin Rudd. for new Opposition Leader on 43% as preferred prime minister A News Limited survey has Mr Rudd with John Howard sitting at 45%,

This is working on live TV, folks, involving Kim Beazley. much closer than previous polls Three quarters of respondents said as the new Labor leader they recognised Kevin Rudd isn't strong enough. despite concerns his public profile

The poll was conducted of south-east Queensland in the coalition stronghold of the 28 seats. where Labor holds just 6 today in Brisbane. Rudd begins a tour of the country today Angry doctors will meet in Sydney for a new helicopter rescue service. to decide if they'll quit over plans The New South Wales Government and Westpac Surf Rescue choppers wants to replace the NRMA CareFlight from a Canadian company. with four new aircraft They say the current rescue service to capacity. is operating dangerously close But doctors say it's the new system a lower standard of care. which would provide without the 35 CareFlight doctors The Government has said it can do if they choose to leave. Burned-out school buildings, in Brisbane left after Friday's arson spree because of asbestos fears. will have to be demolished more than $1 million damage The fires caused Saint Pius School in Salisbury at Moorooka Primary School, and Wellers Hill Primary School in Tarragindi. Police are searching for a serial arsonist believed to be a Caucasian male around 18 years old. Parents in Melbourne are being warned to check their children's Christmas presents for pornographic images. Police say an IT expert allegedly printed and laminated postcard-size images of children

then slipped into the pockets of girls' clothes, toys and books. Several hundred of the graphic pictures are thought to be in circulation. They're believed to have been hidden in goods at Knox City, Doncaster, Forest Hill Chase and Eastland. A 53-year-old man has been arrested.

Getting back on track, don't worry. In world news, a gunman has shot three hostages in the US before being killed by a police sniper. The man carried a cache of weapons into a building in Chicago and chained the doors of a law firm shut. He demanded to see one of the victims, then killed three people. Police entered the office through another door and shot the man

while he was holding another hostage at gunpoint.

The man didn't work in the office and police are yet to reveal his identity. or motives. Scholors from around the world will meet in Iran tomorrow to debate the existence of the Holocaust. The conference has been convened by Iran's controversial president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The president has already claimed the Holocaust is a myth and suggested Israel be moved to Europe or North America. The Israeli prime minister has renewed calls for the international community to put more pressure on Iran to end its nuclear program.

Radio personality Stan Zemanek will retire at the end of the year as he battles a malignant brain tumour. The night-time presenter on Sydney radio station 2UE was diagnosed with the tumour in May and has undergone surgery and chemotherapy. Zemanek's radio show was networked nationally in the '90s and he was also the host of the TV show 'Beauty and the Beast'. His last radio broadcast will be on December 22.

We all wish Stan well in that fight. British superstar Robbie Williams rocked Sydney last night for the first of two concerts in the city. The set-up was impressive - 360 tonnes of equipment and two giant video screens.

But the 50,000-strong crowd were waiting for one man.

# I feel it, he lives it jourx in my basement

# And I can hardly face

# And I can hardly face it # I am inGod of romance. CROWD CHEERS Williams told his fans if he was ever thrown out of America, he'd relocate to Australia.

Just a few little technical hitches

this morning, but we are getting

ourselves together. Kylie, I'm

you would ourselves together. Kylie, I'm sure

you would look after Robbie if he

wanted to come. Eamon Sullivan set a new Australian record in the 50m freestyle at the national swimming titles in Brisbane last night. The 21-year-old hit the wall in 22 seconds. But he's already aiming to go faster and become the first Australian to break that barrier. It's a bit of a kick in the guts to get so close, but I'm just stoked with swimming another. In other results, Libby Lenton beat world champion Danni Miatke to win the 50m butterfly. Adam Pine won the 100m butterfly title and Fran Adcock finished first in the 200m backstroke. Nick O'Hern and Peter Lonard are tied at 18 under going into the final round at the Australian PGA championship at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast. O'Hern fired a course-equalling record 63 to take a share of the lead. The 35-year-old holed 9 birdies in his round and is chasing his first victory in seven years. It's going to be a challenge to play as well as I did today because it's pretty hard to put two rounds like that in consecutive days. Peter Lonard says a score of 25-under could be needed to win the tournament.

The pair holds a 3-shot lead over Peter O'Malley.

Western Australia has dished out more punishment on England during their tour match in Perth. The home side is 8/309. of the batsman. England paceman James Anderson finally showed some promise, taking three wickets. But Steve Harmison's problems continued, taking 1/99. Monty Panesar won the battle of the spinners, taking one wicket. In the NBL, the Sydney Kings have narrowly avoided a massive upset coming from behind to down West Sydney. Also last night, the Cairns Taipans demolished the South Dragons by 26 points while Sydney won by just 3. The bottom-placed Razorbacks led the Kings by 15 points in the second quarter. But Sydney fought back hitting the lead in the final minute of the third quarter and staying in front. The battle for the V8 championship will go down to the wire today, with just three points separating the leaders, heading into today's final two races at Phillip Island. Ford driver Craig Lowndes pulled back four points in yesterday's first race, finishing fourth, one spot ahead of championship leader Holden's Rick Kelly. Rick's older brother Todd won the race ahead of fellow Holden drivers Garth Tander and Mark Skaife.

you would look after Robbie if he wanted to come. It will be

wanted to come. It will be an exciting finish to the season. Sure

exciting finish to the season. Sure looks it. Snonow to Sunday's weather.

Melbourne a change developing. 37

doesn't sound too promising if you

are a ffrt. Bloufrng Let's take a look at what's making papers around the country. Simon, the fires are making big news in Victoria.

They sure are. Melbourne's 'Herald Sun' has a great photo of firefighters on the front page with the headline "Last Stand". The paper goes on to say crews face hell today but won't give up. And much the same on the front page of 'The Age'. Victorian fire authorities say the choking smoke that's blanketed much of the State and Melbourne will remain for days, while the blazes will burn for months.

Now the only thing that is really

going tostop all this is massive

rainfall and really, there is none

of that forecast at this stage. Can

only hope for that at the moment,

Simon, thanks for that. Sydney's 'Telegraph' has an article on speculation Prince William has popped the question. The popular prince and his girlfriend, Kate Middleton, were seen having a celebratory drink a few days after Kate met the Queen. The paper says England is now abuzz with one question - has he or hasn't he?

By my calculationss, if he is

ingoujed now, they love a

hem sfees

ingoujed now, they love a northern hem sfees wedding, it would put

hem sfees wedding, it would put him at 25. A little young to be married

enmy books, as a prince. Perhaps Not

for a royal. Prince Charles was a

late bloomer, both times. Apparently

she is the first nonspouse to

she is the first nonspouse to stay the night inside the palace. Which

further fuels the speculation. Times

are changing. Doesn't necessarily

mean he has asked the question.

Though the photo, they look mrarply

pleased. I think she has seen the

engagement ring. They might have

been celebrateing getting through a whole weekend with

whole weekend with the Queen, it

wouldn't be easy. The 'Sun Herald' features Bindi Irwin on its front page. The paper says just three months after the death of her dad, little Bindi is about to take on America in a series of concerts with her friends, the Wiggles. Terri Irwin has again defended putting her daughter in the public spotlight, saying Bindi was used to it.

I think her mum does know what is

best for her own daughter. If this

is what

is what she thinks will keep Bindi

happy, good on on her. I would put

my faith in the Wiggles any time

too. You can trust those guys. Still to come - an inspiring story of tolerance. We'll bring you some good news on the anniversary weekend of the Cronulla riots. But next, what will Victoria's bushfires do today? We'll go live across the State, and talk to the firies - next. Welcome back. As you heard in the news, the bushfire situation in Victoria is intensifying. Conditions are being compared to the 1939 Black Friday fires that killed 71 people. The Country Fire Authority had thought the worst would hit yesterday. But now that's expected later today. To update us we're joined by the Victorian Country Fire Authority's Deputy Chief Officer Graham Fountain in Melbourne. Reporter Trent Evans is at Whitfield in the State's north-east. And our own Simon Reeve is at Jamieson. Good morning to you all. Deputy Fountain, what part of the State is causing you most concern?

With today's weather conditions

right across the State we have

concerns around north-east and

Gippsland parts where we have 180

thousand heck tears of burning

fireage, about 18 times the size

fireage, about 18 times the size of Phillip Island of 90,000 mCGs. That

is amazing. When you were fighting

these fires, what is the wall

these fires, what is the wall like in front of you? Is it just

overwhelming to confront? Well the

communities and the firefighters in

these areas have been blanked in

smoke for the last few days and

smoke for the last few days and a number of towns have been under

threat over that period of time. We

have prepared the communities, they

have bushfire safety plans in place,

but today's weather conditions are

going to move the fires

significantly. We are seeing

significantly. We are seeing 35kmhwinds this morning. What do you

think the results will be? Our worst

case scenario planning has potential

devastating consequences. A number

of communities on high alert today.

Additional resources into the

communities, including the Mt Buller

resort. All we can do now

resort. All we can do now is work

with those communities as the fire

progresses across containment lines

under the influence of too's

weather. Just quickly, it may sound

like a silly question because all

fires produce smoke, but

fires produce smoke, but this

fires produce smoke, but this does seem like a particularly smoky

blaze. Is there any reason for that?

We saw metropolitan Melbourne

blanked in smoke because of the lack

of wind. It had a flow onconsequence

that we couldn't use air craft. We

have Troyed to strategically

position our resources. But we have

extreme fire conditions right across

the state and we are asking

the state and we are asking the community to work with us to

alleviate any potential riv of new

out breaks. Trent, you have been in

Whitfield all week, how bad is it? It has Whitfield all week, how bad is it?

It has just grown and grown, I'm at

the recreation reserve which is a

staging area for the 12 hour shifts.

Today we arrived and said, we have

never seen so many people here.

Every day there are more and more

firefighters. We had a whole heap of

strike teams come down

strike teams come down from New South Wales. These are guys who last

week were fighting their own trucks.

They have jumped in thake trucks and

come down the Hum

come down the Hume to help. The

residents must be fairly anxious,

how are they holding up? Look, some

of them are really, really good.

of them are really, really good. A lot of them have been through

situations. In 2003 we had

devastating fires in the area. There

are a lot of people who have decided

to leave. I guess they are just not

prepared to stick around

prepared to stick around and wait. It is Scary. Every day you are

closed in by sphebg and the unknown.

Some people have been up Some people have been up for five

nights wondering where the fire

going to come and reach their nights wondering where the fire is

property. It hasn't and now they are

wondering when they are going to get wondering when they are going

a good night's sleep and rest and

feel the fire danger is over. Simon,

what about the condition in

Jamieson? Like Trent in whitefield,

we are in a staging area, basically,

which is few kilometres from where

the fire is burning to the

the fire is burning to the south

over my left shoulder. That is the area they are over my left shoulder. That is

area they are most concerned about

today. If the northerlies kick in it

Point. will send it down towards Woods

Point. They have community meetings

every day, there is another

today. We are just about to get a every day, there is another one

briefing shortly about what the

plan is going to be. If the briefing shortly about what the game

northerlys kick in today, a lot

the e tension will focus northerlys kick in today, a lot of

has been a very erratic fire over the e tension will focus there. It

the last few days. Right throughout

the State you have winds moving in

different directions. If, fram, they

turn back around, the wind blew from

another direction, then Jamieson turn back around, the wind blew from

would come under threat again. The

thing I find most extraordinary

the sense, the tremendous thing I find most extraordinary is

camaraderie between the CFA and DFC

people. Prepared to pitch in.

Fantastic humour, everyone in the

pub where we arrived and are staying

here in Jamieson, they are really

ready to go. But just like in a

zone, you get the sense this is ready to go. But just like in a war

D-day today. If the temperature hits

the high 30s and the wind kicks in,

today is going to test everyone

resources. We look forward to the

results of the briefing. Deputy

Fountain, there has been a doubt for Fountain, there has been a doubt

a while and usually you get your

water out of the dams, are you

we have. We having trouble accessing water? Yes

accessing we have. We have had difficulties

accessing water. We put additional

plans in place and water supply

plans in place. But at the end of

the day we can only get

where it is. We have tried to use the day we can only get water from

dry firefighters technique tz, which

is always part of our armory when we

haven't got water and we will do

as much as we can. Can I say, this haven't got water and we will do it

is not just a firefightering,

effort, it is a whole of community

effort. All the firefighters, the

volunteer army of supporters, both

here at headquarters and in the

field keeping us fed and watered, it

is just a is just a fantastic community effort.

effort. Last night on the media it

was reported as the firemen, there

are thousands of women in part

this effort as well. A tough day are thousands of women in part of

ahead. We wish you God speed. Thank

you deputy Fountain, Trent and Simon

Reeve. in the bushfire zone to call And there is a hotline for residents for information. The number is 1800 240 667.

some light relief. Ahead this morning, Diaz, Jude Law and Kate Winslet. Nelson Aspen interviews Cameron summing up a big week in politics. But after the break, all the bits you didn't see Mark Riley brings us in the Riley Diary.

Good morning, again. for horror weather conditions Fire crews in Victoria are bracing with the possibility in other parts of the State. more fires could start were deployed overnight 1,000 firefighters to build containment lines today. and another 3,000 will continue

are under threat Melbourne's water catchment areas and more towns are on alert. to push the fires further south Strong winds are expected this afternoon. has shot three hostages A gunman in the US by a police sniper. before being killed

into a Chicago office The man locked himself in another entrance. but police were able to get he was holding his fourth hostage. The sniper shot the man while

last night's Robbie Williams concert 50,000 fans were entertained at in Sydney.

Brisbane and Melbourne are next, where it's rumoured with the British superstar. Kylie Minogue will appear on stage this morning, And making sports headlines a new Australian record Eamon Sullivan has set at the National Championships. in the 50m freestyle Sullivan hit the wall in 22 seconds in 2004. beating the mark Brett Hawke set

Ashley Callus finished second. Nick O'Hern is full of confidence of the Australian PGA championship heading into the final round at Coolum. yesterday He shot a course-equalling record at 18 under. and is tied with Peter Lonard Rick Kelly and Ford's Craig Lowndes And the gap between Holden's is just four points, in the V8 championship. with two races to go Weatherwatch this Sunday -

A change developing in Melbourne and

37. Thundery showers in Adelaide.

Let's hope Melbourne does get

late chachg. Let's hope Melbourne does get the at 9 o'clock. We'll have more news and sport became the Opposition Leader. It was the week a Sunrise All Star leader of the Labor Party, But since Kevin Rudd was elected he hasn't stopped to draw breath.

He did make a late play though, just wasn't successful. machine handled itself? So how has the Rudd-Gillard Here's the Riley Diary.

# I'm in heaven with you. that put Kevin in heaven It was the week as he and Julia Gillard the Labor leadership ballot. strode confidently towards before it was announced. But the result was known

coming to us in the modern world The unconfirmed reports by text message from inside the Caucus room. of the Labor Party. 49-39, Kevin Rudd the new leader Then, the confirmation Anthony Byrne. from Caucus returning officer has been duly elected leader Kevin Rudd Labor Party. of the federal parliamentary for the so-called 'dream team' A happy time and the 'dream team's' team. CHEERING tinged with sadness. But it was a win

Hello, gorgeous. On his return from the defeat, Kim Beazley was told younger brother had died. his intellectually disabled So, it was with enormous character then faced the cameras that Mr Beazley one more time.

Finally, I thank Susie and my family (pauses)... ..family is everything. Sorry about this, colleagues. And some generous words for his successor. Kevin is a very able man, a very intelligent man, with a very wide base of knowledge. But at his first conference as leader, Mr Rudd seemed to go a cliche too far. John Howard has taken a bridge too far, in industrial relations, when it comes to Iraq, a bridge too far on climate change by not going far enough.

A leader against a bridge too far, eh? BRIDGE TOO FAR clip Brigadier General Gavin: 'A BRIDGE TOO FAR' CLIP I need a man with very special qualities to lead. Go on, sir. He's got to be tough enough and he's got to be experienced enough to do it. Plus one more thing -

he's got to be dumb enough to do it.

Start getting ready. What was all that about, Major? Well, someone's come up with a real nightmare. Nightmare!? Nah, nah - it's the 'dream team' with Kevin laying out the new Labor story. The Labor Party today elected a new leadership team, we've elected a new style of leadership for Australia's future. Gentlemen, this is a story that you will tell your grandchildren, and mightily bored they'll be. Australia has reached a fork in the road. There's a fork in the road when it comes to our economy. A fork in the road, also, when it comes to education and health. WorkChoices - another fork in the road. 'MUPPET MOVIE' CLIP Hey, Fozzie. I want you to turn left if you come to a fork in the road. Yes, sir. Turn left at the fork in the road. Turn left! I don't believe that... If you're going to talk about forks in the road or bridges too far - and we won't mix the two metaphors - I mean, apparently there is a bridge too far that's not far enough. Well, here's a fork in the road - Rudd Street and Northbourne Avenue, Canberra, symbolically leading up to Parliament House.

But what do you do here? Well, legendary Yankee's baseball catcher Yogi Berra once said, "When you come to a fork in the road - take it". The new Deputy Labor Leader Julia Gillard wasn't criticised for what she said. How she looked was another thing. I'm certainly not going to go in for any celebrity makeover.

The fact that her partner, Tim, is a hairdresser had people talking about her coiffure. Believe it or not, we do get correspondence and emails about my hair. She did seem to have a different do every day. But would we be so interested in her hair if she were a bloke? Whilst they might have done a few things to John Howard I don't think he's quite James Bond yet, is he? Fair point. Do you think maybe Julia Gillard's hair is a bit more important? I'll stay right away from that. (laughs) And how about Kevin's basin-cut? He's hardly a rock star. And ain't we lucky that's a bridge too far for him. (sings flatly) # There's no wonder sometimes I'm feeling under # Keep my faith alive til love is found # Good morning, Mark Riley.

Something about the foreign affairs

portfolio you have to be completely

tone deaf. At least we haven't seen

tone deaf. At least we haven't seen him do any hulas yet. There was

allot of talk about his metaphor

mixing. He has had a busy week.

mixing. He has had a busy week. How do you rate it? Fairly slow start.

There is no template to how they

come out of the blocks, some

quickly, some slowly. Time will tell

how successful he is. The interviews

set out markers for Rudd Labor. set out markers for Rudd Labor. He

is a fairly reasonable strategist

and he knows as much as he can do to

make himself popular, he has to

make himself popular, he has to make

John Howard unpopular and bring up

issues that will make the electoral

poke the government in the chest.

There is a narative about

There is a narative about family life and the great lament of

taking the kids to soccer on a life and the great lament of not

Saturday morning, not going to

church or watch sunrise because you

have to work. The Disturning the

discontent into discontent for the

government's work place relations

laws and that is what he is trying

to do, to make it the chest-poking

issue. The other I have read is

he is too boreing and boring issue. The other I have read is that

work. I think the evidence in he is too boreing and boring doesn't

Australian politicsise profoundly to

the other direction. Who is

successful, Morris Iemma, Steve

Bracks, boring, mike ran, Bracks, boring, mike ran, Alan

Carpenter, all boring. Peter Beattie

is the only one with a bit of whim,

but I'm sure if he can do it for

nation, he can do it. Boring, but I'm sure if he can do it for the

boring, boring. John Howard, a

wonderful politician, but not the

most Kharismatic leader since

federation. Boring I think is

good. We were supposed to see the federation. Boring I think is very

front bench revealed on Friday,

it going to happen tomorrow? Rjt front bench revealed on Friday, is

tomorrow is a possibility. I

think today. They are tomorrow is a possibility. I don't

think today. They are still irk

withing out the pieces. You only get

one chance. It is something that was

proved with Kim Beazley when he

inherited mark Latham's front bench

and didn't have a look at and didn't have a look at it

straight away. He was looking at

cont nowty and wanting to quell

discontent. Kevin Rudd is right to take his time,

take his time, get it right, the

world doesn't change because we

don't have changes in the opposition world doesn't change because we

front bench, they are the

opposition. He has to get it done.

No harm done, he has to do it later.

Thanks It could be a record, six law No harm done, he has to do it later.

suits delivered by the end of the

show, Bracka, Iemma, show, Bracka, Iemma, Rann. As heed,

boring are work. Ahead this morning, of the Victorian bushfires. we'll continue our coverage Our own Simon Reeve is there. on parenting issues. Next though, we put the spotlight in this week's Counselling Corner. Our child psychologist is BROODING BANJO MUSIC WHISTLING WIND, I love living on the coast. I still surf every day. I want to live life to the full. stop me. And I try not to let anything with the choices I make. But I'm always careful So when I read the labels and found some pain relievers with certain medications, to a parenting question, If you need an answer you're in the right place. In the Counselling Corner this week, some expert advice we're offering Mums and Dads with the kids. on problems they're having and Sunrise parenting expert 'Girlfriend' magazine psychologist is here. Dr Michael Carr-Gregg Good morning.

Good morning. from Queensland on the line. First up, we have Julie What's your question for Michael?

Okay, earlier this year mine 18

month old grandson passed away

month old grandson passed away unexpectedly. He lived with us and nigh nine-year-old

nigh nine-year-old daughter is not coping real

coping real well. She has

coping real well. She has been

seeing a counsellor at school, but

with school finishing with school finishing up there is nobody to see her over

nobody to see her over Christmas. I

don't know where else to turn

anymore. Okay, Michael? Okay, grief

is one of the hardest human emotions

to bear. It is particularly

difficult for children who aren't

difficult for children who aren't experienced in handling the complex

feelings. You

feelings. You are right to be

concerned. Your priority is to get

counselling. I'm going to recommend

two things, the first is, a book

called The Grief Book by e Liz bgt

srerbgsrco, published by BlackDog

Books and it is a fine manual.

Secondly, Ired like to recommend the

1 855 1 800 kids help line, they can

actually help your grand-daughter

cope with this very via telephone,

e-mail or via the Internet. Can we

have the name of the book again in?

The Grief Book by Blackdog Books. We will try

will try and get it up on the web

site. Next an e-mail

site. Next an e-mail from Natalie in Queensland. She says, "Recently my husband walked out on myself and my two young children. "My kids are aged 3 and 11 months "and they're very confused by what has happened. "How do I answer the questions such as 'Where is Daddy?' "and 'Why doesn't Daddy live with us anymore?'"

Yeah, tough situation. Look, I

Yeah, tough situation. Look, I have got to be really honest with you.

They need reassurance hatt at that

taij age. They are too young to know

the finer details. Important to

maintain the routine and maintain certainty. Where

certainty. Where kids get stresed

and anxious is where there is

uncertainty. It would be great pr

you to tell them when you to tell them when they

you to tell them when they are going to next see their dad, how long and

how often. The other issue is

how often. The other issue is going down to your local library

down to your local library because there are a couple of books for

three-year-olds that help hem come

to terms with separation

to terms with separation and divorce. The most important thing is

not to assume they are not going to

be affected. They will, but

be affected. They will, but they will be affected by your emotions,

because you are the barometer. because you are the barometer. You

become the mirer? Absolutely. You

need to model, I'm in control.

need to model, I'm in control. If they ask questions like where is

daddy, be honest. Use

age-appropriate language, sometime

people fall out of love, but it is

not your fault, you have two

not your fault, you have two parents who love you very much. Next up, we

have Claudia from South Australia.

She is on the phone. My question

She is on the phone. My question is my 16-year-old brother has stated

getting a credit

getting a credit card as soon as he

turns 18. How can we convince teens

getting a credit card at 18 is not a

good idea. Great question. An

excellent book by Samantha brown and

David Koch called the Teenager's

Guide To Money. It is

Guide To Money. It is a good

Guide To Money. It is a good volume to boost their financialal IQ. Two

other strategies is to get hold of a

det cal cueilator and show them how

much more they will pay when they

bye-bye credit card and important

bye-bye credit card and important to start them, to be honest with you,

on a debt card, so they have an

understanding of how to budget.

understanding of how to budget. That is a good idea. The prepaid SIMS

good. There will definitely be is a good idea. The prepaid SIMS are good. There will definitely be money

there. We won't see you before

Christmas, so have a lovely time.

You too, and may all the

You too, and may all the sunrise

family have a lovely Christmas.

Next week, our resident psychologist Jo Lamble will be here to answer your questions. If you have a relationship question for Jo, you can email our Soapbox.

We have have Chrisinous presents, we

are going to get books. He has been

spending a lute of

a lot of time in book shops. spending a lute of times in book --

Ahead this morning, more on the situation in Victoria. We'll return to the bushfire zone for an update on conditions. But next, we're off to the movie. Nelson Aspen meets the stars of 'The Holiday'. Welcome back.

It's that time of year when many of us are thinking about going on a holiday. And that's the subject of our movie this week. Strangely enough, it's called 'The Holiday'. And it's another all-star cast. Nelson Aspen, you sat down with them? And good morning to you, guys. Yeah, 'The Holiday' is the ultimate house swap. And as you pointed out, it is the time of year when all the stars come out - Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Kate Winslet - my A-list chat buddies. Where do I want to go, by myself? Depressed at Christmas. Home exchange? We switch houses, cars, everything. Bingo! I need you to answer this. Are there any men in your town? Perfect! 'Tis the season to vacation. Wish me luck! (speaks indifferently) Yeah...next! 'The Holiday' is a tale of two women from two worlds - one from the US, the other from Britain. MAN: The newly engaged Jasper Bloom! I hate my horrible life! We have one actual scene together and we have a telephone conversation together and that was kind of it. So I look forward to working with Cameron Diaz, actually. Love you as a brunette.

Thank you. Do you like it being a brunette? I do - I prefer it.

It's my choice for my own actual existence. I feel more at home as a brunette. Do people treat you differently? Things happen differently as a brunette, yes. For the better or worse? I think for the better. I didn't change it so that people would treat me worse. (both laugh) These two trade houses for two weeks over Christmas. JAUNTY MUSIC (squeals delightedly) un this film, In this film, your character swaps homes with Cameron's character, what is your home like? I love having people to stay and my parents are coming to visit next week, and there's constantly people coming and going and just dropping in and stopping over for a night and then moving on and I love that - I really do. I like to sort of have a busy home. But what's my home like? It's kind of - it's cosy and messy and it probably isn't as well put together or designed as people might imagine. I'm thinking we should have sex, if you want. Is it a trick question?

In the process of swapping, they unexpectedly discover love. Cameron Diaz' character becomes involved with Jude Law. You always have to give credit to your mum and dad. The Laws are family friends. I've known them nearly 20 years, since Jude was just a little laddie. Everything good I've ever done has been because of them, and everything bad is probably because of me. Of course, his off-screen love live has been regular fodder for the world's tabloids. What pushes your buttons about that kind of reportage? Um, I suppose if there's a fact that's been written That will have either a long-lasting effect on my children, if they were to read it eventually, God forbid, or on my career, then you have to put your foot down and make sure that people know that that particular piece of rubbish is not true. The thing is, if you did it every time it happened on all the petty little things, you'd constantly be in litigation. Cameron can relate. I bought a $28 million home, Two months ago,

and this month, I bought an $18 million home. You are loaded! (Laughs) So, I'm like - I've not purchased any property in Hawaii. I think that's like people in the industry trying to promote their own property. I wonder if he's trying to tell you something about that. Okay, sorry about that - boob grace. That was accidental - accidental boob grace. So what's in the future for gorgeous Kate? I just hope that I'm doing this when I'm Helen Mirren's age, and Judy Denche's age, and Susan Sarandon and Merryl Streep. I mean, that's my dream, or goal - if I have one at all, to be like them and doing wonderful performances and not having any facial surgery of any surgery of any kind.

Hi, it's Amanda. Can you hold on for a sec? Sorry - that was Amanda. Find out how she is. Can you tell him I'm good. How is she doing? What's he been up to? Hold please. I can't believe you've sex with a woman staying in my house! Oh! He told you that??

Oh, my God! 'The Holiday' - it's a real chick flick or date movie, or romantic comedy. Whatever you want to call it. it's perfect for this sweet and festive time of the year for sure. And as lovely as Jude, Kate and Cameron are, I don't think I would want to swap houses with any of them.

I'll just stay in my own little corner of Hollywood, thank you very much. I'll just bloom where I'm planted.

spending a lute of times in book -- a lot of time in book shops. Have a

good Sunday. And

good Sunday. And like to see his

little patch of Hollywood. Very

interesting.

I love the irony of poor old

I love the irony of poor old Cameron

having her ownbly blonde moment of

the interview when she was asked

about being

about being a brunet., "

about being a brunet., "It's my

current existence for life

current existence for life." I

wonder if Julia Gillard could take

some some tips. I have a funny

feeling in 30 years Kate will still

be starring in moufbies. Still to come, the new details from the Princess Diana inquest. Investigators now believe with certainty that her driver was drunk the night she died. But next, this morning's breaking news from Victoria. We'll return to the bushfire zone for the latest.

Now back to Weekend Sunrise, with Andrew and Lisa. # Reach out for the sunrise Good morning. Welcome back, of the Victorian bushfire emergency. as we continue our coverage

We have crews and reporters in all the major hot spots. Simon Reeve is in Jamieson in Victoria. And reporter Trent Evans is in Whitfield. We'll go back there shortly. But first, let's get an update on overnight developments.

Kylie. Good morning. Extreme heat and northerly winds are expected to increase the intensity and size of Victoria's bushfires.

Crews have spent the night carrying out containment work around properties in the State's north-east and Gippsland. Victoria's Country Fire Authority says a lack of water is hampering fire efforts.

Try to use dry fire firefighter

techniques, which is always part of

our armory when we haven't got water

and we will do it as much as we can.

Can I say, this isn't just a

firefightering effort, this

firefightering effort, this is a whole of community effort. Evacuating residents left the area yesterday

while strike teams have been deployed to help those who remain. In other news this morning, a man has been killed in a light plane crash in western New South Wales overnight.

Police believe the pilot was flying his crop duster around 10pm near Mungindi when he lost control and crashed into bushland. The 45-year-old Wee Waa man was the only person on board. In other news this morning, An Australian sailor from 'HMAS Melville' has been detained by local authorities in Noumea. The sailor was allegedly involved in an assault and was arrested early on Saturday morning. No charges have been laid. Attorney-General Philip Ruddock says terror suspect David Hicks is likely to be charged early next year. A spokesman has told 'Fairfax' newspapers

he's expected to face charges after new regulations for his US military commission come into effect on January 17. His comments follows yesterday's nationwide protests,

on the fifth anniversary of Hicks' arrest, calling on the Government to bring him home. Early poll results show promising signs for new Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd. A News Limited survey has Mr Rudd on 43% as preferred prime minister with John Howard sitting at 45%. Three quarters of respondents said they recognised Kevin Rudd as the new Labor leader, despite concerns his public profile isn't strong enough. The poll was conducted in the coalition stronghold of south-east Queensland where Labor holds just 6 of the 28 seats. The New South Wales Opposition leader is set to release a billion-dollar fund to pay for urgently needed water projects. The money will be used to improve the State's dams and water recycling facilities

if the Liberals win next year's election. The Opposition says water is the number one issue for voters in New South Wales. Police in Sydney remain on high alert today, with this weekend's first anniversary of the Cronulla riots. So far, there's been no sign of trouble. Police boats will continue to patrol offshore, with policemen on bicycles and buggies monitoring the streets. A police helicopter will also moniter from above. Two teenage boys are expected to face court in Victoria over a series of stabbing attacks that left three people in hospital. One is a 17 year-old boy who turned himself into police yesterday afternoon after attacking two people at a shopping centre. Parents are being warned The dream of owning your own home has become more unachievable than ever, with new research showing 35% of househunters are unable to afford their own property.

High prices and rising interest rates are forcing people to consider pooling money with family and friends to buy a house. But experts warn of potential risks including disputes between purchasing parties and losing the first homeowners' grant. Pauline Hanson has had a first-hand look at the impact of a country's immigration laws. A crowd of 50,000 packed Sydney's Aussie Stadium for last night's Robbie Williams concert.

The British superstar has already done shows in Adelaide and Perth and will continue on to Brisbane and Melbourne. But last night, his focus was Sydney.

# Sydney, do you

# Sydney, do you hear me # Can you # Can you feel me #

Williams told his fans if he was ever thrown out of America, he'd relocate to Australia. To sport, and Grant Hackett is in action at the national swimming championships today, aiming for his 10th title in the 1,500m freestyle. Last night, Libby Lenton upset world champion Danni Miatke to win the 50m butterfly. Lenton described the swim as a bit of fun. Probably would have like to have gone a bit faster but hey, you can't complain when you get a PB. An angry Miatke said her finish cost her the race. And Eamon Sullivan set a new Australian record in the 50m freestyle. Nick O'Hern and Peter Lonard will begin their final rounds shortly

at the Australian PGA championship, tied for the lead at 18-under. O'Hern fired a course-equalling record 63 yesterday to take a share of the lead. The 35-year-old holed 9 birdies in his round and is chasing his first victory in seven years. It's going to be a challenge to play as well as I did today because it's pretty hard to put two rounds like that in consecutive days. Peter Lonard says a score of 25-under could be needed to win the tournament. You can catch all the action live on Seven today. John O'Neill could be about to make a return as the chief of the Australian Rugby Union. O'Neill left Rugby after the World Cup in 2003. News Limited reports leading sponsors and stakeholders are unhappy with the current direction the game is taking, and want an overhaul, including reappointing O'Neill. O'Neill says he'd be willing to head back to the ARU if the right opportunity arises. Australian Joel Parkinson has won the O'Neill World Cup of Surfing event at Sunset Beach in Hawaii. Parkinson dominated the final, scoring the only perfect 10-point ride of the competition in waves up to 15 feet high. He earned $19,000 for the win. But not all surfers fared as well. Hawaii's Ian Walsh came off second best attempting this barrel. Manchester United is 9 points clear at the top of the English Premier League after beating Manchester City last night. Also overnight, big wins to Liverpool and Tottenham. Wins also to Newcastle, Portsmouth and Bolton. Australian aerial skier Jacqui Cooper has finished fifth in the opening World Cup event in China. # Can you feel me #

Good areaial skiers, we Aussies. We

are not bad at all. Not that I'm

taking any credit. For a land of

surf and sun, we are okay. Pheblg

Now back to our big story this morning - the bushfire crisis in country Victoria.

And fire crews are preparing for the worst today. Already almost 200,000 hectares has been burnt out. And dozens of residents have been forced to abandon their homes.

Let's go back to the fire front at Jamieson where Simon Reeve is. And from Whitfield, reporter Trent Evans. Good morning again.

Simon, a big day ahead for firefighters.

What are they facing?

Morning, Lisa and Andrew. Well, we

are still waiting for the wind,

basically. It is dead still here,

although the smoke is now incredibly thick, although the smoke is now incredibly

thick,. It literally burns your

eyes. But the morning shift has just

headed out. The guys have literally

left, we have a few left at the

staging area working on the trucks,

which is huge job. With me is Jeff

White. They own the brewery

White. They own the brewery here in town, a popular guy. He works thon

local council, a local fiery himself. His

himself. His four kids have headed

into town. You do get the sense that

today things are going to start

happening. The local community is

quite apprehensive about the

stillness. We are waiting. If the northerly kicks

northerly kicks in today, northerly kicks in today, what is northerly kicks in today, what is

the action. Woods Point Seems to be

in the line of fire. Yeah, Woods Point

Point and Gaffney's Creek, they

Point and Gaffney's Creek, they are the biggest concerns. As long as we

can keep the people informed, that is what we

is what we are after. You have a

very busy crew, crews comebing into

the hotel, for breakfast been dinner

and lunch. It is all go. : We have

been cooking 4 hours a day. Midnight

dinners, very bids busy. Good luck

today. We hope it is not as bad as

everyone is saying but you are

everyone is saying but you are doing a heck of a job. Back to you in the

studio. Trent you are in the town of

Whitfield, what is the latest. We

just had a briefing with some of just had a briefing with some of the

fireies about the weather

conditions. 37 in Melbourne, 31

conditions. 37 in Melbourne, 31 here in nearby Wangaratta with a humidity

of 7 percent. If the wind whips

of 7 percent. If the wind whips up, it is going to be real trouble. Any

relief at all? There is a

relief at all? There is a little bit at the moment. Because there is

at the moment. Because there is no wind, so the site of all the smoke

is a good sign. It allows them is a good sign. It allows them extra

line to build containment lines and

do a bit of back burning. Once the

heat rises they will have to start

doing that, at midday, and start

asset protection as they call it.

The sheer volume of smoke has been

amazing. Most of Melbourne has

copped it which has problems in

itself, I

itself, I guess. That's right, you

said you were flying back from

Melbourne yesterday. Fiona ow

producer and I were flying

producer and I were flying down and it was 45 minutes out of Tullamarine

that you sarted to see the smoke cloud. It

cloud. It was just the most extraordinary cloud. It was just the most

extraordinary sight and it

extraordinary sight and it did close the airport for a while. We were

the airport for a while. We were in a holding pattern for a good half

before before we were able

before before we were able to touch

down. People are being told, it is a

total fire

total fire ban, you are not allowed

to use angle grinders, welding

equipment. It is a bizarre situation

where everybody son stand by for the

northerly which is due later

northerly which is due later and hopefully, the south westerly

hopefully, the south westerly change which is due much later is going

bring some relief to most which is due much later is going to

bring some relief to most of the areas,

areas, but they are saying in the

Gippsland, the change could start to

push the fires in a more easterly

direction. By the end of today, the

situation will be a lot clearer, but

we can't wait for the wind to

we can't wait for the wind to blow some of the smoke away. Just a quick

one. We do have a lot line

residents in the bushfire one. We do have a lot line for residents in the bushfire zone, residents in the bushfire zone, the

number is:

number is:. We have an e-mail from

vicky smith, "My husband and I

vicky smith, "My husband and I own the Kevington hotel, I have gone to

Melbourne, my husband is still at

the pub keeping watch, ready to

the pub keeping watch, ready to save the 144-year-old pub. We have not had had power for the

had power for the last five

had power for the last five days and have been trying to get a generator

out there. The leck tris taes

companies haven't been able to help.

Is there anyone who can loan

Is there anyone who can loan a

generator for the locals to go

somewhere to eat and drink and have a

a shower." She also wants to thank

all the firefighters. If anyone has

a generator, please let us know. The

other thing I think they are warning

about about, for those with

respiratory problems, stay indoors.

Keep all your medication handy.

Sounds like you need

Sounds like you need some. That's right. Still to come, one year on from the Cronulla race riots. Has tolerance increased? We'll bring you a special report in our last half hour. But after the break, shock details on the death of Princess Diana. The new claims that could put an end to those conspiracy theories. A massive 10% off your total ActewAGL electricity and natural gas account. Feels good. with ActewAGL and TransACT. Just bundle five services Plus you'll get a free two-year Privileges Card valued at over $300.

That's a massive 10% off your total electricity and natural gas account. Call 13 12 93. Or visit the ActewAGL Home Connect store in Civic. For years now, we've been led to believe the paparazzi was to blame for Princess Diana's death. Of course Mohammed Al-Fayed claimed

the royal family had something to do with it.

Now the most anticipated coronial inquiry in the world is about to reveal driver Henri Paul was, in fact, drunk at the wheel. So does this put an end to all the conspiracy theories? Well, let's ask our Weekend All Stars. Glenn Wheeler from Radio 2UE, and Nicole Sheffield from 'Pacific' magazines who's filling in for Rebecca Le Tourneau. Good morning to you both.

Yeah! Good to see you. Never been so

welcomed. So good on a

welcomed. So good on a Sunday

morning. You haven't heard what she

has to say about you yet, hold your horses.

Glenn, we've waited a long time for this, haven't we? Are you convinced they've got it right this time?

No, not at all. But at the same time

10 years on, it really is time to let it

let it all go and let the boys get

on with their lives without

constantly picking up newspapers

saying this is why she died

saying this is why she died or

saying this is why she died or who tried to kill her. I find it

distasteful. I find it annoying we

continue to hound the supposed

causes. We are getting a lot of

yeses, but haven't you seen the

conspiracy theories and shows. None

of it has bitten? It is interesting

but the reality is she did a lot of

good things in her life and we are

so focused on her death. She is

beautiful, when any famous person,

particularly royalty dies young

are all in shock. particularly royalty dies young we

are all in shock. It has taken us

are all in shock. It has taken us a long time to get over it. We have

oohave to let it go. If it is

evident, great. The reality

evident, great. The reality is she is dead. You are right, we have to

let it go, we as a society, but

let it go, we as a society, but I

tell you what, if I was relateed to

her and I suspected someone may have

her and I suspected someone may have been responsible for murdering her,

I would want to know. Conspiracy

breeds conspiracy. Aren't we days

out from Lord Steven's official

report which is going to say it was

an accident. It sounds convincing it

was. They

was. They have the right blood

was. They have the right blood salfal from the driver, they

salfal from the driver, they are sure, he was pised to the eye

sure, he was pised to the eye balls by the sound of it. And compared DNA

to the parents. It's conclusive. We

have to let it go. There are two

boys who have grown through

boys who have grown through all

this. That side is really quite

this. That side is really quite sad.

If you had two boys who are terrific

young blokes, to all intents and

purposes, normal guys growing up in

a tough world where they are

constantly scaouzinized. Okay,

moving on. This time of year usually

brings out the best in people, but

sometimes it brick brings out the

worst too. Take for example a pastor

in country Victoria who slammed

Santa for being a false god

Santa for being a false god who

teaches children to be greedy. Is he

a Scrooge? It is Christmas. Everyone

is coming out saying we shouldn't

have preschool concerts. Can we just

enjoy it. I'm sure when my credit

card bill comes ibJanuary, I'll

agree with him. That dam Santa!

agree with him. That dam Santa!But I

just enjoy it. At the end of the

day, it is Christmas, enjoy it. My

kids love it. It is the parents'

responsibility to remind kids what

the meaning is. It is easy to

the meaning is. It is easy to blame whatever is going at the time.

whatever is going at the time. Santa has been around for years. I enjoyed it. If we

it. If we are all materialistic,

let's look at ourselves. This guys

needs to have a sock put in

needs to have a sock put in his mouth, because he is a fool.

Everybody watching know exactly the

fact that Santa is alive and well

and kicking. Christmas is better,

made better by the the fact that you are

are here. Possibly the best gift I

have had all morning. Don't you

think that Santa may have lost some

of his spiritual element? We has

become very commercial. We are

become very commercial. We are not balanceing the story with the story

of his giving and going out to

of his giving and going out to meet

the poor and all that sort of jazz.

He has a good point. No, it is He has a good point. No, it is a

ridiculous point. Santa has

ridiculous point. Santa has always been the big jolly man in the red

suit who makes us feel good. For as

long back as I can remember, I went

to see him because he was the bloke

who broughtpressants on Christmas

night, you waited outside until you

can could see him in the sky. Giving

the to the poor thing, I remember,

He would trudge out in the the to the poor thing, I remember, He would trudge out in the snow

He would trudge out in the snow to give to the poor. Did I

give to the poor. Did I miss

something? Nest one. Finally

Jennifer anster and Vince Vaughan

called it quits, which is odd

because they never said they

because they never said they were on. He celebrated in true boy style

in a strip club in Europe. Andrew

and I wouldn't do that. The couple

are saying they are still

are saying they are still friends. Do you think you can be friends with

Do you think you can be friends with

an ex? I supposeio can. I have been

married for 33 years, I will tell

you if it doesn't then. The show

finishes at 10am. Right for today.

No, you can probably stay friend. I

have friends that I know who have

been through the divorce exercise

and are still friendly either in

business associations or purely

their friendshipss. Inknow people

who have done the divorce things and

they have all gone off and the four

of them are now friends. I know in

the minority of cases. I think

Hollywood is different. Everyone

seems tohave relationships with

everyone. Everyone is married. have to everyone. Everyone is married. They

have to be friends or they wouldn't

work. There was a sense of deja vu

when I read the statement. It was

the same statement her publicist put

out when she broke up with Brad Pitt, "

Pitt, "We will always love each

other and and be the best of friends

other and and be the best of

friends." And then came the Vanity Fair