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(generated from captions) thanks for your company. I'm Ian Ross. Goodnight. an epidemic of thievery. Also tonight - as thieves take everything - Remarkable vision

and jewellery stores. in pubs, corner shops get-rich-quick scheme. Plus - James Packer's

I think Kerry would be very about it. I think Kerry would be very nervous in the morning - He went to sleep and woke up $750 million better off. the proof that supermarkets And the cash cow - by as much as 300%. are marking up your weekly meat bill "the cheque's in the mail" any more You don't tell anyone because they might believe you. delivered being two separate things. Being in the mail and getting lost her house because of that. We've met a woman who nearly And, as Laura Sparkes reports, there's no protection at all as the complaints rise for registered post. in paying extra It's not rocket science to say within Australia Post. there is a problem my home. Australia Post almost lost me and said Somebody from that dispatch called "We have bad news for you. and was lost in traffic." "Your package fell out of the truck Just how safe is your mail? or Express Post When you send it Registered Post delivered on time you expect it to be rock solid and but even Australia Post admits:

it's not secure at all. Desiree Dilmetz Greenwood now knows of her $96,000 bank cheque Australia Post lost track that she sent using Registered Mail. safe and it will get there quicker. Means to me it will get there for purchasing her home - The cheque was was the quickest form of delivery. sent to the conveyancer because it to hear, Just was waiting for a phone call the next day it didn't happen. I thought, "OK, one day," I'll get a phone call saying I thought maybe Thursday I have got the cheque. No. the cheque hasn't arrived yet. I got the phone call Thursday saying Much to her horror,

on the day of settlement - it didn't even turn up after she'd posted it. almost four days by Australia Post Eventually, the cheque was located seven days after it was sent. of the lucky ones. But Desiree is one three large cheques Steve Hansen's company lost within Australia Post. ..To say there is a problem is happening inside Australia Post The corruption and the error that the mail-sorting areas. has to be inside the problem was theirs, In this case, Australia Post denied stealing out of the mail box. blaming individual thieves his post box is secure. But Steve claims Then there's Todd Barlin. they simply lost his artefacts. Australia Post admitted by Express Post. Don't send valuable objects she'd taken heed of this advice. And Kim Green wishes

after being sent in the post. Her Dad's war medals went missing in Australia Post's hands One day they are and they disappear. and I want them found. I don't know where and talk about money Contractors would turn around gift certificates. that they have found in packages - to an Australia Post contractor This former subcontractor claimed stealing did happen. at Australia Post Stealing was very common because they could get away with it. a few years ago about this man. Today Tonight alerted customers he was filmed taking it home. Instead of delivering a parcel, by Australia Post - He wasn't contracted had employed him to do the run. instead, a legitimate postal worker

for Australia Post. Just another headache Staff knock off credit cards for the pin numbers and they wait a few weeks later and away they go. a former Australia Post worker And this from when mail simply disappears. who explains what happens that fell off a crate. I found mail that was 2 years old is Australia Post? So just how efficient We conducted our own survey,

across Australia sending letters from destinations with surprising results.

of the letters we sent were late - In total, we found 21% delivery guidelines. not meeting Australia Post's 95.7% of mail is delivered on time of days. and the balance within a couple quoting the results of their audit - Australia Post's Matt Pollard is of more than 300,000 items. a process that involves the posting As far as stolen items? of 35,000 workers. Matt defends his organisation are honest and hard-working. The vast majority of our people

will pop up Occasionally a bad apple pursue those people with the police and in that case we fully to the full extent of the law. and prosecute them Ombudsman's annual report In the latest Commonwealth are up by nearly 10%. complaints about Australia Post Australia Post has apologised As far as Desiree, but claims this is a rare occurrence. They confirm that Registered Mail is reliable but warn against sending cheques and banknotes - accepting no responsibility if they're lost or stolen. get it sorted out - Australia Post need to pass the job on to someone else. if not, Laura Sparkes reporting. Australia Post experiences with us, And if you want to share your on our website. you can leave the details were masters of their craft. Fagin and the Artful Dodger practiced hands were at work. Few ever knew when their away from high-risk targets These days, shoplifters forced even the corner store - will tackle anything - thousands of dollars which is why shopkeepers spend on surveillance. And as James Thomas discovered, caught on camera. more and more thieves are being what happened in there. I think everybody knows and I'm innocent. I didn't steal anything Jeff Fenech's words come easily but unfortunately for him so too does technology and in two weeks time this footage a magistrate will examine to determine Fenech's innocence of stealing this watch, in relation to charges and this watch and this watch. I love youse all. Well, I lost about $50,000 last year alone between the two stores so it has been an enormous problem for me. Which is why Jacqui Major spent $20,000 installing cameras from one end of her swimwear store to the other - a move she sees as necessary for all small business. People don't realise how much stock they actually lose

until you have these video surveillances and you see the people coming in and seeing what they're taking. Thanks to video surveillance Jacqui was able to identify this brazen thief - valuable information for police.

The camera systems have become more and more sophisticated - we can zoom up, it's full colour, it's like a normal video. And every day across the world - jewellery stores, supermarkets and fashion shops are all recording 24/7 in their quest to catch the modern-day Fagan.

'YOU'VE GOT TO PICK A POCKET OR TWO' FROM 'OLIVER' PLAYS It is the most cost-effective security safeguard a small business can employ. Jacob Nalbandian is a hidden camera expert. But he believes theft is best prevented by making cameras obvious. I'm a big believer in 90% of the surveillance system's worth is a deterrent effect. So rather than trying to catch criminals as they leave, people look up and see that cameras are being employed in the business and quite often go elsewhere and steal from elsewhere. Jacob says business is booming but, surely, if the cameras worked to deter,

these thieves would wise up but Jacqui says it's getting worse. Well, I've been in retail for 20 years so in the beginning it was somebody coming in to steal one item. Now they're stealing whole racks. Recently, in the US, the whole family was in on the act - mum points out her favourite jewellery and then it's up to the kids to do the dirty work. Jewellery is a hot-ticket item - it slips into pockets nicely and you'll get a good return on your investment. Oh, and don't be fooled by the sorts of people

that walk into your store - the Artful Dodger comes in all shapes, sizes and demographics. You get all calibres of people. We've had people very well-dressed

down to two little old ladies in overcoats. Jacqui's store is located in the exclusive suburb of Mosman but if the actress Winona Ryder serves as an example it seems the more money you have the less you want to pay for. And then there's the wheelchaired bandit -

a sterling effort but, once again, caught red-handed thanks to the cameras watching you every time you shop. It is very important to have security safeguards in place especially against retail theft. But if you don't have a camera you could always use the old-fashioned approach. This poor robber got more than he bargained for... (Screams) And your message to shoplifters? Oh, just basically, you know, get a job or go and find another way of making an income because it's just craziness. James Thomas with our story.

Every son who inherits the family business wants to change it. But James Packer looks like he'd rather watch a roulette wheel than Channel 9, having discovered there's mega money and the turn of a card. from controlling the tumble of dice

Andrew Bourke on a seismic shift in the Packer family business. Nine is no longer 'Still the One' after James Packers latest effort - it's now half. In 5 to 10 years time, he may be one of the world's giants. He may also have been a falling star. Either way, is now even richer. Australia's richest man

Chopping the family company PBL into two. One half to handle the traditional business, media - and the other to focus on what now appears more important to the family - its gambling empire. Media analyst Peter Cox says James had little choice. The share price of the media investments were holding back the overall share price. James pocketed $755 million in the deal, making from this transaction alone roughly 10 times the average yearly wage every minute. And his mates, they did OK too. PBL Chief executive John Alexander will pick up $5.4 million, while game-show host and Nine CEO Eddie McGuire was happy to lock in $1.5 million. I think Kerry would be very nervous about it. He was always against international expansion. FILE FOOTAGE: I will do what I have to do to get the jobs done. Every Packer since James's great-grandfather has expanded the family's media empire locally. James is breaking it up and looking at gaming options not only in the UK, but in less-stable countries. And that of course is high growth at the moment. The problem is, it's also high risk. You're moving into countries,

particularly if you go into Asia and you go into Russia, where English is not the basic language,

So it's full steam ahead offshore for the biggest gamble of all. And as for his late father's beloved television network and the passion to be number one, James lacks Kerry's drive. Peter Cox thinks

Nine's going to continue to haemorrhage. When you start losing ratings share

you lose the premium for being number one -

the extra 2 or 3 points that you get - Nine have lost that, now Seven are getting that premium. As James prepares for his walk down the aisle with sometime model, sometime singer and long-time friend Erica Baxter, the extra cash generated through gaming

should come in very handy. While the family's former cash cows aren't such a safe bet.

I think that Nine, the traditional television and magazine empire, is under considerable threat for the future.

I think Kerry would be very nervous about it. He would be interested in

the Centrebet odds for the coalition

after last night's Budget, which is

regarded as so good, the Prime

Minister has just about closed the

gap on ketch Rudd, Centrebet quoting

the ALP at $1. the ALP at

the ALP at $1.87, Mr Howard at 1 $ the ALP at $1.87, Mr Howard at 1

the ALP at $1.87, Mr Howard at 1 $-- $1.9 0 - good numbers. The good unless

unless are for the Australian

unless are for the Australian people out of last night's Budget, an

across the board tax cut with heavy

emphasis for people in the lower emphasis for people in the lower and middle

middle income area and more

importantly we have laid aside a lot

of today's prosperity of today's prosperity for tomorrow's

security, especially in the areas of education. If you were a education. If you were a betting

man, would you back yourself against

Mr Rudd in the polls? I am

notoriously not a betting man, Anna.

I think the next election is very

tough. We are clearly facing a very

big fight, and I'm focussing very

heavily on delivering good outcomes.

We're a very prosperous country, the

economy is being well managed. If Mr

Rudd becomes Prime Minister, his

industrial relations policy will be bad

bad for small business, and his

abolition of AWAs and other

abolition of AWAs and other policies would be very bad for the mining

industry, which is quite to industry, which is quite important

to our prosperity. My responsibility

is to communicate to the

is to communicate to the Australian people and also to listen to their

concerns. They were concerned about

the possibility that their penalty

rates and overtime loadings might,

as the norm, get traded away for

inadequate compensation, and that is

why we announced our fairness test

last week, to guarantee that

couldn't happen. No matter how it

couldn't happen. No matter how it is presented, this is eel ex-Budget. P

What we have endeavoured to do is to

act on two fronts. When you have a

strong surplus, today's generation

is entitled to a human dividend out

of our economic prosperity, and we

have done that with tax cuts and the

bonus payments to pensioners, the

changes to child care. But we have

also had an eye to the future. The

Australian people want us to invest

some of today's prosperity in

tomorrow's security, and we have

certainly done that with our

endowment fund for education, and

many of the other changes. I think

Australian parents will love the

vouchers for literacy and numeracy,

which will enable them to get

private tuition for their

who are struggling with basic private tuition for their children

literacy and numeracy at school. I

think they will be warmly welcomed

by Australian parents. Who made

by Australian parents. Who made the decision to give something to every

taxpayer, you or Mr Costello? Mr

Costello and I are as one with these

matters. The treasurer is the

principal economic spokesman for the

Government but all of the major

decisions are made obviously decisions are made obviously in consultation and full

consultation and full discussion with me. But, Anna, we haven't given

away all of the surplus. We have

retained a very big surplus, and

that big surplus will act as a

buffer against

buffer against high interest rates. We all remember when Mr Keating and

Labor were last in power, housing

interest rates hit 17

interest rates hit 17 per. They are

now 8 per. We don't want to go

now 8 per. We don't want to go back to the 17% days, that's why we will

keep this very strong surplus. Prime

Minister, you have been asked

Minister, you have been asked this question several hundred times but

I'm going to ask you again: If you

win the next election, will you

serve the full term? Voters want

serve the full term? Voters want to know: Are they voting for you or Mr

Costello? Anna, my

Costello? Anna, my position

Costello? Anna, my position is that I will stay and serve the Liberal

Party for so long as the party

me to and it is in the party's Party for so long as the party wants

me to and it is in the party's best interests that I do. I never put

time limits on these things. That's

the answer I've given in the past, it's

it's the answer I give tonight, it's

the answer I will give in

the answer I will give in six months time, and if the Australian people

re-elect the Government, which is a

tough ask, it's the answer I'll give

on the night of the election. One

day we might get another

day we might get another answer out of you. Prime Minister, thank you

for your time. Thank you. Having had a couple of long days and a long night at the Logies Grant Denyer was back in front of the cameras last night for the program launch of 'It Takes Two.' Siobhann Gleeson was backstage for our report. 'It Takes Two' took Australia by storm last night, filling 'Dancing's shoes and blitzing the competition. Hello and welcome to 'It Takes Two' for our second big year. We're back, baby! Despite his lively on-air persona it was the culmination of a difficult day for host Grant Denyer. Accused of making racially offensive remarks on a breakfast radio program he was keen to clarify things backstage. I sincerely never meant to offend anyone and anyone who knows me knows I would never intentionally offend anyone. Look, to be honest, it was a wobbly joke that perhaps misfired

but at the end of the day that's all it was and, look, if I did offend anyone I'll put my hand up and say "I'm sorry." But Grant wasn't the only one in the spotlight - the program was Anthony Callea's first big outing since coming out and it's clear the pop star feels more at ease than ever. I'm really happy at the moment and I'm enjoying life I'm doing and I'm just enjoying everything

and I'm loving my music at the moment and it's great to get out there and perform on stage and feel comfortable about yourself. As Anthony embarks on the next chapter of his life

singing partner Jo Stanley is proud to be by his side. I'm completely in love with him I love Anthony,

and he is an extraordinary mentor, he is so fantastic at telling me when I'm great but also telling me when I'm disastrous and it's such a joy to hear that voice next to you, it lifts you. Another week, another show and another man for Kate Ceberano but this time things didn't go her way - the 'Dancing with the Stars' champion and partner Daniel Kowalski failed to impress the judges and they were none too happy about it. They didn't notice that there was a brand new performing artist on stage who required maybe just a little bit of encouragement - that would have been good!

And while Daniel and Kate plotted revenge against the judges Julia Zemiro had only one thing on her mind. For now, champagne for my friends, champagne for my friends, oh, and for you. And when we come back - the supermarket's massive mark-ups exposed when we investigate who makes the cash from the cow. treat ents cove ed Until now, to have your medical treatments covered by your health insurance,

you have to be admitted to hospital, even though there might be other ways you could be treated just as effectively. But now your health fund can extend your hospital cover to include medical treatments that are done without you having to go into hospital. For instance, dialysis or chemotherapy undertaken in your own home and programs to manage heart disease and diabetes. As these insurance policies are introduced, you and your doctor will have much more flexibility to choose how you want to be treated.

Just speak with your health fund to find out what new options they may be covering.

Helping cover Australia's growing health needs. is $20 million! For more chances to win, ask for a Powerball MegaPick. $20 million Powerball jackpot! While the drought bites our supermarkets prosper. There aren't many true discounts on the price of beef, whatever the price sticker says. We know that because we followed the price of beef all the way from the farm gate to the shopping trolley. Rodney Lohse explains who makes the money along the way. On the outskirts of most towns and cities in Australia you'll find the local saleyards. It's where your local butcher and supermarket buy their beef. And there is absolutely nothing to stop you throwing your hat in the ring and saving a bundle. Auctioneers like Roy Bartholomew would actually love it. Buying meat this way will save you thousands but, let's face it, who has the time and know-how to do it? If you're a novice and you've never been to a saleyard before and you've never been to an auction it can be quite daunting. Probably be best to call on the advice of a professional buyer, stand back and watch, see how they operate, see what they do and ask them for their advice. Enter bushy Ken Phillips who says this is the only way to buy beef in bulk. Ken set out to prove just that

and to show just how much supermarkets and butchers mark up

your weekly meat bill. We are looking for an animal that's big in size, is beefy and is gentle and quiet

because that's the type of cattle you buy for tenderness. And once you've picked the beast you like it's just a matter of sticking your finger in the air. With our young steer weighing in at 550kg, it cost us, with GST, $1,232. From here, it's trucked off to the abattoir which costs another $73 plus transport. Despite that, Ken believes we'll be getting our meat far cheaper Once slaughtered the meat has to be boned and sliced. A butcher will do this for a couple of hundred dollars. Ken and his friend Lenny do that themselves but even paying someone, it works out cheap. I've got a mincer - I can bone the meat out, I can do what butchers can do. In a little over an hour, the meat is all off the bone and ready to be frozen - in total, yielding 258kg of beef. Total cost - $1,504.86, taking into account the cost

if we had to pay Ken and his friend Lenny for their time. Still, our meat has cost us just $5.82/kg - not bad considering butchers will charge as much as $50/kg for prime cuts like eye fillet. Tremendous young beast - nice and young and tender, plenty of colour in it. So how does that compare to the shops? Well, if we bought the exact same cuts in the exact same quantities at the butcher we'd have paid $3,258.39. And the supermarket - it's even more expensive, costing $3,531.72 - their mark-up in excess of 100%. Yes, that's right. They charge you double what it cost them in total. And it's popular prime cuts where you're slugged the most - the retailer pockets the most and here's the proof.. Our steer gave us 13.5kg of rump. At $5.82/kg that cost us $78.57. At the butcher it was it $19.99/kg - that's a total $269.80. At the supermarket it cost $21.99/kg - that's $296.22, well over three times the cost. Yes, it does take time and effort but it certainly proves what we've suspected all along - the farmers and the consumers are the big losers when it comes to the meat business.. But if you do your homework you can even the scales a fraction by finding boutique butchers. Robbie Shaw is one. She'll buy, slaughter and butcher your beef and deliver it to your door. A one-stop shop. While bushie Ken can do it for $5.80/kg Robbie has to make a living but her mark-up falls well short of the supermarkets' total cost to you. It's $7.30/kg for half a full side of yearling beef and that dresses out to between $45/kg and $55/kg. To compare - Ken's meat cost $5.80/kg, Robbie $7.30/kg and supermarkets on average charge $13.68/kg. So, there's only one thing left - the taste test. Thanks, Kenny, mm, tender. Rodney Lohse, on the price, and taste, of prime beef. In a moment - the revolutionary clothes that can take 5cm off your waist. We've had the U-bra. Now there's a revolutionary slim suit that can take up to 5cm off your waist.

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trim. Anything to take a few cent trim. Anything to take a few cent

maorlts off my body would

maorlts off my body would be fabulous, I can't wait. That's on tomorrow night's program. Don't forget, if you want us to investigate a story, leave the details on our website. From all of us here at TT, thanks so much for your company. I'm Anna Coren. Have a great evening. Goodnight. Supertext captions by the Australian Caption Centre