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Good morning and welcome to 9 am

with David and Kim. I'm David Reyne.

And I'm Kim Watkins. Good morning

and welcome back. Happy new year.

230 shows to go. How are you this

morning? I'm good. Very well rested.

And you? The same. Look, we'll get

straight into it. As the Barbies

sizzle and beers chill in

preparation for a rash of Australia

Day holiday celebrations, an

initiative is encouraging us to

give up the grog for an entire

month. It's a long time. The

convener of Febfast will join us

this morning with youth substance

abuse counsellor David Murray to

explain the horrors of booze and

the benefits of enforced sobriety.

Might do you a favour. Last week's

crash wiped $100 billion off the

Australian stock market, the biggest

one-day fall in 20 years.

Superannuation funds have taken a

economist Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon huge hit and this morning,

will join us to clear away confusion. Dispriet the

screenwriters' strike, the Screen screenwriters' strike, the

Actors Guild is determined to go

ahead with their presentation.

Nicole Strachan will be on the red

carpet to see if anyone else turns

up. She'll join us with the winners

and the latest on the strike. And

we'll meet 2008's Australian of the

Year, Lee Kernaghan. Lots more for Year, Lee Kernaghan. Lots more

this Australia Day holiday 9 am.

Let's get it under way. This program is captioned live.

So you've had six weeks off with

the children and you're relaxed. I

know. How do you do that? We had

nine days in Sydney with the kids

and then we flopped around home and

had friends to barbecues and had

long sleep-ins and it's been

fabulous. Speaking of flopping.

Yeah. I saw the Police on Saturday

night. What did you think? I went

to the Police concert at the MCG,

30,000 people. The reason why

'flopping' reminds me of it is

because there was my dear wife and

I in a 30,000-strong capacity crowd I in a 30,000-strong capacity

standing next to the only two

middle-aged people that decided

they would make like string puppets

being electrocuted, as they

danced in the confined space.

What's with all this, you know?

50-year-olds, right next to us. Why

do we choose that spot? Why is that

- you should have been watching

Sting on stage. I've seen him on

stage. He's fantastic. Amazing.

He's charisma personified and the

band of extraordinary. So why were

you lookingality them? You couldn't

help it. These people right there.

Why do you think, at that age,

you've got the right to be like a

string puppet. Go easy with 'at

that age'. Well, they were my age

too. I haven't danced in 30 years

and thank goodness for that. The

Police are - I don't know if

they've got more concerts but if

you get the opportunity, they're

fantastic. They're one of the most important bands in the last 30

years and they changed a real

genre of popular music and they are

playing as well as ever and I might

add his son has a band called

Fiction Plane and they played first

and they were amazing as well.

There you go. That's a good way to

wrap up your holiday. It was more

relaxing than the rest of it. You

jetted everywhere. I spent a couple

of weeks in Bali, a very nice hotel

where I had massage after massage.

What was that deal? There was a

massage booked in morning and night.

Half an hour in the morning and 1.5

hours in the evening. And he he got

it. sick of it. But I highly recommend

We're kicking off the year while

the entire nation enjoys a holiday

so to enlighten the waking masses,

what's on the front page this Torning? morning?

The Prime Minister will reportedly

use the first day of Parliament

next month to make an historic

apology to Aboriginal people.

According to News Limited, Kevin

Rudd has pencilled in February 12

to say sorry and he's racing to

finalise the declaration. During

John Howard's 11 years in the top

job, he refused to say sorry to

the stolen generation. Mr Rudd

says he wants indigenous people to

be full participants in society

Australians. rather than marginalised

Indonesia is in mourning following

the death of former Indonesian

president Suharto. The 6-year-old

had been critically ill for some

failure yesterday afternoon. months and died of multiple organ

Thousands lined the streets of

Jakarta as Suharto's body was

driven to his home where family and

Government officials paid their

respects. Despite accusations of

human rights abuses and widespread

corruption, the controversial dictator is credited with

developing the country's economy

honours. and will be buried with full state and will be buried with full

Former AFL footballer Wayne Carey Former AFL footballer Wayne

has been arrested after he

allegedly assaulted two police

officers. Capsicum spray had to be

used on the star after an alleged

domestic dispute at his apartment.

Under arrest - Wayne Carey is

escorted by police just hours after

he was subdued with capsicum spray.

The former Kangaroos captain had

reportedly called police to his

exclusive apartment after a dispute

erupted with his girlfriend. It's

claimed he wanted her out. Five

police cars arrived. It's alleged

he refused to let the officers in

and then assaulted two of them,

resisting arrest. The spray was

used and eventually Carey was

cuffed. Taken to a nearby police

station and questioned, two hours later he was driven home without


Friends of the pair made their way

to the apartment through the night

but refused to shed light on

exactly how the trouble started.

happened? No. REPORTER: Can you tell us what

Neighbours who saw the star being brought down say he appeared

confused and heavily affected by confused and heavily affected

the spray. It's not the first time

Carey's had trouble with the law.

In 1996 he pleaded gumenty to

indecently assaulting a woman

outside a nightclub. Police are

preparing a brief of evidence over

the alleged assault.

Novak Djokovic has been crowned the

2008 Australian open mense singles

champion -- men's singles champion, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He

Grand Slam singles title. becomes the first Serb to win a

The full house at Rod Laver Arena

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga the crowd left no doubt who they were backing,

favourite for the Open final but

Novak Djokovic was out to spoil the

party, breaking in the first. The

Frenchman considered his options

and then turned on the power.

With all other matches going on

serve, it would take something

special to win the set and that's just what Tsonga produced.

COMMENTATOR: Well, the underdog has

lifted and look at his father! The

momentum swung the Serb's way in

the second as the third seed found

his range and unleashed an array

winners. his range and unleashed an array of

With Hollywood's A Li looking on,

Djokovic produced his A game.

Tsonga stepped up the pressure but

the Serb with stood the onslaught.

The underdog lifted in the fourth,

causing Djokovic to produce a

string of unforced errors but the

man who beat Roger Federer on

Friday regained his composure,

serving out the match and winning his first Grand Slam title.

I would love to have been there.

The amount of amazing shots that

were pulled out of wherever,

particularly by Tsonga. Tsonga just

so casually whips them across the

court. He's a man to watch. Doesn't

he look spookily like Muhammed Ali?

Everyone's been saying that. Do you

reckon? I do. Especially when he's

got his hands in the air after a

great shot. I think he looks like

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Good for you.

We'll have more on those stories in

the morning news plus a full wrap

in Ten's news at 5:00.

It's the Australia Day holiday and

it would be clearly unpatriotic not

to stand around the Barbie, frosted

ale in hand or lounging at

ale in hand or lounging at the

beach pouring wine down the throat.

It's a continuation of the booze

fest and go ahead and have a couple

for the nation. If you've well for the nation. If you've well and

truly had your fill over the festive season and your liver is

aching, one brave woman is

encouraging everyone to take up

the Febfast challenge and have a booze-free February. Fiona booze-free February. Fiona Healy

joins us this morning along with

David Murray who works with young

people battling alcohol issues.

Good morning tow both. What's

behind this idea and why February?

Short month? That's exactly right.

It's a pretty simple idea. It's

about taking some time out from

your alcohol consumption during the

shortest month of the year after

what is commonly a period of excess

from Spring Carnival through all the Christmas celebrations, new

year and then, of course, Australia

Day. Were you literally sitting around at a Barbie swilling booze

when you came up with the idea?

That's right. I was mid-swill and I

was with some friends just a couple

of days before Christmas in 2006

and we were saying, "Gosh, it's

been a big lead-in to Christmas and

we're not even at Christmas day yet.

Wouldn't it be a good idea if we

took some time out?" we chose

February as the shortest month of

the year but also in recognition

that a lot of people set themselves

goals to be healthier and fit and

New Year's resolutions.

Clearly it's good for our health

but there are other implications

from drinking too much booze and

there are other reasons behind this,

aren't there, David? I think what

we're seeing is that as an and

comuefpt there's an increase in

alcohol consum ast we notice that

young people are picking it up with

some gusto. They're like the

canaries down the mine. They're

alerting us in an early way to the

problems that excessive alcohol

consumption is doing and so we're

seeing increased numbers of young

people coming in to treatment. We

have to ask ourselves what this

means. How young? Well, 16,

17-year-olds coming in to -

wanting to come and deal with their

alcohol issues. They're drinking so

much that it's getting in the way of

their life. How much is the

cultural aspect of dringing in

Australia affecting young people in

that way? In a sense, it's the key

issue. We, as an adult community,

accept significant drinking and to

some extent approve of binge

drinking on occasions like spring

carnivals and football matches and

so on. So young people, of course,

are looking and going, "If the

adults are doing it, it seems to be

the thing to do," and they are

doing. Before you get into the

alcohol-related problems, I want

to talk to you about Febfast and

how we go about it because it is a

great thing to did and we need to

register and reneed to get sponsors,

don't we? That's right. We invite

people to visit our website. They

come to the website. They register

with a $25 registration fee. That's

like an extra commitment for the

month and they build their own

fund-raising page, an individual

fund-raising page. They set a

target for an amount that they're

hoping to raise and then they send

the link to that page to their

friends and family who can come to

the site and donate through the

page with their credit card. See,

it's your birthday in February. I

know! That's kind of a dumb time

for you to try to - you don't get

to enjoy a glass of wine on your

birthday. No, I didn't last year.

We've created this thing called

the time-out certificate which is

$15 and it's a date-stamped

certificate so you can have a day

off for your special occasion. But

your fined for it? Kind of.

But the thing is isn't there a risk

that after February we have taken

February off and haven't drunk all

through February and then to

celebrate getting through the month,

we drink. Isn't that a problem?

Binge drinking is a problem. Is

there a risk of that? We did a

survey, some of RMIT students did a

survey for us and about 3% of 50

people said they'd be more likely

to drink heavily in March if they'd

taken February off. So 97 % of

people said it wouldn't make a

difference. I assume you probably

feel so much better after having an alcohol-free month that you

probably want to continue it, even.

My personal experience last year

was I was looking forward to my

first glass of wine and then when I

had it, it wasn't that great and I

didn't drink much at all in the

following weeks and certainly my

drinking behaviour has changed.

David, how much is drinking costing

the Australian economy and

workplaces? Well, it's in the

billions. Excuse me. And there are

various estimates of how much it

costs and it's certainly in the

billions as distinct from millions.

I read a statistic that 2 million

Australians are at risk of

alcohol-related brain alcohol-related brain damage

because of excessive drinking. What

constitutes excessive drinking?

Well the guidelines have just

changed and they've lowered them

because of the recognition that the

previous guidelines, which were

four standard drinks for women and

six for men, was too high and

they've lowered them to two

standard occasion -- two standard

drinks per occasion or day. Beyond

that we regard it as excessive?

Beyond that you're at higher risk

of having all sorts of problems.

It's a benchmark that has - if you

drink below that level, clearly

you'll be not at risk. Higher than

that, you've got to make a decision

about that but the risk increases.

In your speerpts, where are young

kids -- in your experience, why are

young kids turning to drinks? I

think it goes back to a culturally

appropriate way of celebrating and

we see that in parties that happen

around capital cities, we see the

celebrations at schoolies week.

That's a good example of the

absolute focus on intoxication as a

way of celebrating. But at 16.

That seems - They're modelling on

our behaviour, modelling on adults

who do that routinely, weekly, in

the same way, if you like. How do

we stop it being a rite of passage,

then? One of the ways, I guess, to

do that, is to start getting the

message across that we are

consuming alcohol excessively and

as a community we have to agree

that that is in fact the case

rather than continue to stay, "No,

it's OK, we're just wowsers if we

say there's too much alcohol

consumption.' Is it because the

effects take so long to show

themselves? I think that's right

and there's a similar argument

about the use of tobacco. It took a

long time for the community to

accept the overwhelming data that tobacco caused serious health

problems. It's the same with

alcohol but because it's such a

long-term pattern of consumption

and the effect doesn't happen

immediately, as it might do, for

example, with illicit substances,

it's hard for people to accept the

argument that it's bad for you.

How's the strike rate? These young

people come to you wanting to get

off the booze. How successful are

you at helping them? Well, with

young people, we're very successful

because the earlier you get someone

in this pattern of behaviour, they

haven't yet got that entrenched and

often the use of alcohol and other

substances is related to a whole

set of other issues in their life.

If we can get in early enough and

start to work with those young

people around those other issues people around those other issues as

well as their consumption, we will

do much better at diverting them

out of ongoing problems. What

constitutes an alcoholic or someone

with an alcohol problem? I know a

few people that I think probably

are alcoholics and yet they

wouldn't consider that they have a

problem. This can be a bit

subjective but I think the

definitions are effectively that if

it's impacting on your life, your

health and relationships, your

capacity to function, they're the

types of things that would suggest

that it's a problem for you. There

are many people who will drink

quite significant amounts of alcohol for significant periods of

time and then all of a sudden have

all these problems and can't work

out why because for 15 years

they've been drinking like this and

it's been OK and now they're having

these problems. The problem is it's

taken 15 years for it to catch up

with you. Drinking is so often so habitual, even if we're not

drinking excessively. A glass of

wine with dinner every night, let's

say. If we're to give up for the

month of February, what do we do

incompetent stead of that glass of

wine? How do we get over that? I

think it's a matter of thinking

about your alternatives before you

start Febfast. What can you do

instead of sitting down with your

glass of wine at dinner? What can

you substitute if you're going to

the pub with friends? Are your

friends sponsoring you? Talk to

them about your goal, what you're

trying to do. If you're a very

social person, instead of going out

to dinner with friends, maybe

arrange breakfast meetings instead.

Try and change things around a

little bit. Go for walks, do some exercise, create a different

pattern for yourself. The money we

raise doing Febfast goes where? 40%

to the youth substance abuse

service, 10% to the Australian Drug

Foundation and the remaining money

goes to other services across

Australia's youth, alcohol and

other drugs sector. It's a terrific

idea but we need people to register.

If you'd like to be involved go to the website on your screen.

You need to get sponsors. That's right. Or sponsor me.

Exactsly. You've been trying to

talk us into it in the make-up room.

Are you going to give it a go? I'll

give it a shot. February. I'll do

it. Good on you! Get on to that

website and sponsor me.

Thank you for your time Thank you for your time this

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The experts insist that when the US

sneezes, with the whole world

catches a wold but they haven't

told our Treasurer. Mr Swan

believes a looming US recession is

nothing to worry about. We've

watched meanwhile as the stock

market crashed, burned and bounced.

In light of next week's Reserve

Bank decision on another interest

rate rise, where do Australian mums

and dads stand in author and 'Smart

Investor' editor Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon joins us to make

sense of it all. Good morning,

Nicole. Good morning. People like

you should have known this was

coming. We should have! Oh, the

accusation up front. I don't understand. What happened. This was

massive. This was the biggest stock

market crash in Australia in 20

years. Shouldn't experts know that

this was about to happen?

Absolutely and we've been saying

for a year that it's going to

happen. We've had many corrections

along the way but the market looked

overvalued. Irrational exuberance

had to be taken back to restore

some sanity. Thinking about it,

though, the market has more than

doubled in the last five years so

we've had fantastic returns. So

even this does not take us nearly

back to where we started. People

are still sitting on a lot of cash.

Is it significant that it took

place over a period of days as

opposed to the '87 stock market

where, bang, we were wiped out in

the space of one trading day. Look,

it is. The panic took a while to

unfold. We were setting records all

over the place. I mean 12

consecutive days of falls, the most

since 1982. On that last day, the

12th day, it fell 7% which was just

carnage. It really was carnage.

That's their biggest fall, the worst

one-day performance in 19 years. Friday it turned around completely

and the best one-day performance

for ten years. It's a

white--knuckle ride at the moment.

So - sorry - what happens? Who

sells all of a sudden? Oh, look,

everyone sells. When panic takes hold there's a herd psychology

where people think that someone

else knows things they don't so

they think, "I've got to get out."

And then the institutions start

selling and as the valuations come

down the margin loans kick in so

the margin calls push the market

self-fulfilling prophecis sort of down further so it's this sort of

self-fulfilling prophecy in a way.

Explain margin calls? It basically

affects people with big borrowings

on shares. People who borrow to

invest in the share market has to

maintain a certain amount of

borrowing versus the value of their

portfolio. If the value of the

portfolio is falling they have to

sell some holdings to maintain the

ratio. What percentage is forced

selling in the case of margin

calls? What do you think? It's

possibly 20%, 30%. So significant.

Very significant, yeah. The faster

and further the market fell, the

worst that situation became. But

then on Wednesday, everything turned around dramatically and

we're right back up again to where

we started the week. Before we talk

about the turnaround, explain to us

- we're officially in a bear market

as opposed to a bullish market.

The definition of a bear market is

the period after the market falls

by 20% or more and early last week

we'd fallen by 20%. We're right

back up again now but, you know,

technically we are now in this bear

phase of the market. A lot of smart

investors use the bear market to go

and invest. They do. On Wednesday

we saw a bunch of people pile back

in to the market. Stocks like BHP, Woolworths, Commonwealth Bank,

they're all - Come bank did very

well. Swe well. They were massively

off the highs they achieved in November last year still. People

were piling in to the market.

CommSec crashed. There was all

sorts of activity. More than once.

Indeed. Therefore, as the Treasurer

says, as Mr Swan says, we shouldn't

woortwoir about a looming US

recession and clearly people aren't

worrying about it. Should we worry

about it? We've got to be affected,

don't we? You would think so. You

said it earlier. America sneezes

and Australia catches the cold.

That's been the way. What Mr Swan

wants us to believe is that we've

got this de-Cumming from America.

The argument goes that America

isn't the big influence it used to

be. Instead China and India are

going to drive us because they want

our resources. But they're talking

about China correcting some more as

well. Absolutely. It's not over.

The counterargument is it's US

consumers that demand the Chinese

and Indian goods that are fuelling

the industrialisation of those

countries which are creating the

demand for our resources. Sots a

house of cards really. I don't know

about Mr Swan's theory that we

won't be affected. Are there are --

there are lots of big Australian

companies which big investments in

the US. We're seeing a huge

overreaction to any news out of the

US so certainly the markets think

we're connected still. With the

Federal Reserve and the US, the equivalent of the Reserve Bank here

as I understand it - Indeed. Indeed.

They've cut interest rates and

they're cutting them by - 0.75% last

time. And now they're talking about

0.5% cut. We're talking about an

increase, which is likely next week

or whenever, but only 0.25%. Why do

we only do it minimally? Sure,

they're cutting, but why only 0.25%?

Well, the situation is in America

is quite dire at the moment. You've

got their sub-prime crisis that the

US is possibly probably going into

recession so they're cutting rates

as fast as they can to try and prop

up the economy. They're trying to

buy their way out of a recession.

but they're throwing everything Exactly. It's a bit like cheating

they can at it. So they're making

things cheaper. Exactly. They're

trying to stop people defaulting on

their loans and trying to prop up

the economy. Here we're really prosperous and have huge demand for

resources, have massive economic

growth. Inflation is going up,

things are going well for us in

Australia so they're trying to slow

us down by raising rates. The

situation is more dire there, so

rates are going down fast. Here

it's OK but they're just trying to

keep it in hand so rates go up

slowly. In a nutshell we're doing

too well. We are indeed doing too

well. That's what rate rises are

all about. So rising inflation is

an indication of us doing too well.

Yes, it is. And we're now beyond.

We're at 3-point-something per cent.

So we're beyond the target range of

the reserving bank which is 2% to

3%. What does that mean? We're at

3.6% at the moment. A lot of

viewers will remember the late '80s

and early '90s where inflation went

up -- home loan interest rates go

up to 17%. As soon as the genie

gets out of the bottle, the price

of goods and services get out of

control and your dollar isn't worth

as much. Petrol went up 14.3% last

year. That's right. Petrol and

housing have been the big one that

is have blown that number out of

worry. the sky really and caused the big the sky really and caused the

So for mums and dads investing and

even for people who are closer to

retirement age who have a lot in

their super funds, what should they

be doing? Do they sit in do they

wait? Do they hope for the best? Or

do they panic and sell? How do you

sit and wait if you're 70 years old

and want to take out your super

now? The closer you are to

retirement the worse this situation

is at the moment because you may

not be able to afford to ride it

out and you might need the money

now as opposed to five years time.

By ride it out you mean hang on to

them and wait for the market to

build in the next couple of years?

Indeed. Indeed. If you long a

long-term share price chart this

will be a temporary blip. As

dramatic as it seems now, the share

market is simply an upward

trajectory of rising prices and

has been forever. In terms of super

funds it's really important to

realise that most people are in

what's called a balanced super

funds so that holds shares, yes,

but also holds property and cash so even though the share market might

have fallen 7% in one day, your

super returns won't have fallen by

7% because they're buffeted by the

other assets that you hold and

don't forget you've had huge share

price gains over the last five

years so you're still way, way

ahead. One of the basic functions

is preding risk. That's what it's

all about. Money has clearly been

too easy to get in Australia. It's

been at the point where almost

anyone could get a mortgage. At

6.75% that's a whole lot lower than

17.5% a few years ago. A And

they're willing to lend 100%.

That's the whole root of the

problem in the US which is causing

us all of this drama is that money

has been massively too easy to get.

People who can't repay their loans

have been given loans at honeymoon

rates of say 1% and 2% interest.

Those honeymoon periods are ending

and their rates are going up 5% or

6%. Imagine if you had to find that

much money overnight. That seems

criminal. It almost is. It really

is. What's to stop that happening

here? If they increase rates, isn't

that going to happen here to a lot

of people that have borrowed money,

100%? We're not talking in such

dramatic proportions. You're

talking about these interest rates

going up 4% and 5% overnight. We're

talking about small incremental

rises and people need to really not

panic about this as well because I

think, and quite a few economists

think, we've got one more interest

rate rise probably coming next

week. Which will be 0.25%? That's

right. Six in a row? That will be

number six since 2006 so that

obviously hurts, obviously hurts. There's possibly one more this year

and then I think interest rates

will start to come down. I mean if

this worldwide situation continues

as it is, we can't, we simply can't

keep raising interest rates when

the world economic growth will slow.

We're talking about interest rates

now. That represents an extra $50 a

month. On a $250,000 loan. Is that

the average loan? About that.

Should people lock in if they're

worried about interest rate rises

or would you say you'd be in a

better position if you let the

market do what it's doing? It's too

late in my opinion to lock in an

interest rate rise. Fixed rates are

now higher at standard variable

rates. We're almost at the end?

We're almost at the end of the

interest rate cycle. If you want to

fix for the certainty of repayment,

don't fix for any more for a year.

The idea with fixing is that you're

hedging your bets, you know?

You're taking a gamble that if

interest rates go down or go up,

you'll be OK. Don't fix all of it.

That's a one-way bet. Fix say 50%

of your loan for a little bit of

certainty. For people in super

funds and who've got money invested,

try to hang in there. Sit tight.

Everything will be OK. The Reserve

can increase the interest rate by

0.25% but the banks can increase

further than that? That's what

we've seen because the price of

money has gone up so much that

they've got shareholders screaming

out for profits so they've had to

increase it higher. That price of

money has come down so that's an

argument that they should take off

the premiums but alas they haven't

done that. They're called banks.

Any good share tips? Oh, look, I

couldn't possibly do that. Your Australian blue chips are looking so good at the moment. It's

difficult to go past them but small

amounts of money, diversify, be

very safe because the wild times

will probably continue for another

six months or so. But longer-term

investors should do very well.

Maybe invest 10% or 20% at the

moment and don't get too

enthusiastic. Absolutely. Small

steps. Will the Asian boom

continue? It could well do.

Certainly Asia and India, China,

are doing extremely well. Who knows

about the US. We shall see. Thank

you, thank you. We look forward -

we await the decision of the

Reserve Bank. Indeed. Cheers.

Arianne Spratt joins us next with

an investment in health an investment in health and

interest for the waistline. An

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We're here in the kitchen of youth

today and Arianne Spratt is going

to introduce a few power foods into

our everyday cooking. Good morning, Arianne. Good morning. Happy new

year! We've gone green in the

studio and we've gone healthy in

the kitchen. I just wanted to show

everybody that healthy doesn't have

to be dull and this is a group of

foods, the power foods, that are so

good for you and they can taste

good. They've been proven to do

amazing things. Is lamb a power

food? It is. It's really high in B

group vitamins and folic acid so

that's a really good thing. All

these foods that we're going to use

I'm going to use them all week in

different things, sweet and savoury.

They've been shown to boost

immunity, so your immune system. I

could do with a bit of that. They

help prevent disease and for those

of us who aren't spring chickens,

anti-ageing. You'd never know I was

65. We're doing lamb backstrap with

nectarine salad with dukkah, an

Egyptian spies mix. It's got

almonds in it, another power food.

Are you making your own? We did

make our own this morning. I'm

going to get you, if I can to crumb

that. That's and known now as lamb

Sir loin, or backstrap. It's a bit

more tender. This has got almonds.

It looks very appealing like that.

Smell that. Can you smell all the

done that yourself. beautiful spiess and herbs. You've

Are we going to see the recipe?

It's on the website. It takes time.

You've got to toast the seeds and

do them in the mortar and pestle separately because you want

different consistencies. Is there

chilli in there? No, it's in the

dressing. I want you to push that

on to it so you get a nice kosing.

What about my fingers? I've got

fongs for you. -- tongs for you.

You made a point about the dukkah.

You wouldn't whiz it. If you put it

in the processor you end up with a

paste. All the grace of a gazelle.

I have so missed you in the

holidays. That's one of us. Hey! No

, I missed you as well. Spinach is

a good power food. I think you'll

find if you look at things, go for

things that are brightly coloured.

That's what - It's all green. Let's

talk about spinach and I go into

supermarkets now and you get

spinach leaves already in a plastic

bag. That's annoying me that you

can't buy them loose any more. I

don't like that. It's better revenue for them.

I want to be able to choose my own.

The answer to that is find yourself

a little Greengrosser. That's what

we've just done. He delivers too.

We're going to throw in some

nectarines and Spanish onion. You

don't like fruit and meat, Dave. I

love it. I don't. I always put

pineapple in a salad. She's back

Queensland. pineapple in a salad. She's back to

Throw that in there, please.

That looks fantastic. So the That looks fantastic. So

principle of the dukkah is a

variety of seeds and spiess. It's

Moroccan? It's Egyptian and it's

got almonds in it. We've done it

with almonds and hazelnuts. You

don't have to use those nuts. Almonds are a power food. But vary

them. Will I cut that? I've done

that already. The easiest way to

get an avocado out of its skin is

to do that. They're beautiful at to do that. They're beautiful

the moment and they contain all the

essential fatty acids. They've got

a quarter of the fats of dairy

spreads and you use them in the

same way. Spread it on a sandwich

instead of butter. You've got that

creaminess but you've got the

health benefits of it as well. It

lowers total cholesterol, doesn't

it? It does, as do almonds. I like

Vegemite, of a cat kad owe and

pepper on -- avocado and pepper on

toast. You frighten me sometimes.

The Vegemite is salty and the

avocado benefits from a bit of salt.

You need to bring out a cook book.

Yes. What would she call it though?

With a big picture of a pineapple

on the front. Can you toss that

around. For what purpose? No to get

it all mixed and then place it

attractively into there. Attractive

placement isn't my strong point.

It's not huge on your list. I talk.

I don't creative. You're a woman.

You could do that at the same time.

You talk?! Getting back to the lamb.

I've cooked this and rested it. You

can see how beautiful and golden

that's gone. Explain resting it?

You pulled it off early because

you're allowing it to rest? I

cooked it for three to four minutes

on each side. I want it to be

medium rare and then I rested it so

it can suck back in all the juices

and firm up and you don't lose the

juices. Cut it across the grain. It

cuts through the fibbers and makes

it more tender again. I've got a

marvellous job. Where's the chilli?

It's in the dressing. I was reading

something about chilli. I wrote it

down. They now think that it could be relevant treatment in the

aleaviation of chronic pain. Is

that right? I didn't know that. It

ups your me tab lymph. It can cause

pain. Maybe it just masks the pain.

Maybe you think about another kind

of pain. Beautiful. Put the rest of

the salad in. I just arranged it I

put so much effort into making put so much effort into making it

pretty. That's considered well

cooked? That's medium rare The

right way to cook lamb? Absolutely.

The dressing. I've made that to

allow the flavours to develop. It's

cumin and chilli and lemon juice

and olive oil and we'll just

drizzle that over. Could could do

this on the Barbie but the nuts

would make a mess of your Barbie. I discovered something over the

holiday. It's a thing that goes on

your Barbie like a piece of silicon your Barbie like a piece of

paper. I used it last night and

you just pick it up and what shall

it on the sink. You put it on the

hot plate of the Barbie? It's hot plate of the Barbie?

incredible. Like silicon mats you

use in the oven. I was actually

thinking breast implant. It looks

nothing like that. I'm sure it will taste significantly better than

that. If you would like the recipe,

you can download everything you

need from the website. We'll have a quick taste and see you after this.

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First live show back for the year

and we're getting emails already.

Good to see. This is from Cameron

in Newcastle who says that he

missed the live shows but says his

life is going great because for the

first time he's actually made a New Year's resolution and stuck to it.

On the 4th of January, he says, "I

became a non-smoker and boy to I

feel good. My 10-year-old son is so

proud of me which makes me feel

great but the feeling just can't be

beat." Well done. Good for you. All

the best. It took me 20 years to

kick them. Did it? You didn't smoke

for that long? No. I smoked when I

thought I was a cool university

student. I spokd Camel non-filters like a... anyway

I didn't smoke for long. I gave up.

It took me 20 years. Every time I'd

go into a pub I'd really have a

smoke. Good luck to you. I

mentioned seeing the amazing

Police on Saturday night. The band

that came on first was called

Fiction Plane, a three-piece band,

the singer being Joe Sumner who is

Sting's son. He sings like a bird

and plays bass probably even better

than his father. Is he a good sort,

like his dad? My wife was drooling.

I suppose, yes. That's wrong for a 40-something-year-old woman to

drool, isn't it. I would have

thought so and it's wrong for her

to start dancing. That's not wrong.

I hadn't seen my wife dance for a

wile. I was saying, "What are you

doing?" Helena says if you

rearrange the letters in the name

of Sting's son band you get Infant

Police. Of course. The children of

the Police. If you haven't heard of

them, they've got an album out and

they're amazing. You should see

them play. Um, we'll move on.

The latest headlines shortly.

After the break - can a dollop of

lotion or a smudge of goop on a

sagging cheek or blemished chin

produce a miraculous run? Dhav

Naidu has sourced some wonder

cures. Prepare to be amazed.

Every week it seems new beauty products appear on our shelves.

Dhav Naidu has diligently ploughed

through the lotions and potion toss

bring us six of the best brands.

Happy new year! Good to see you

guys. You've done damage. Yes,

guys. You've done damage. Yes, I

have. You've got gout? I don't. I have a pinched nerve. Gout! I don't

get gout! That's partially

because-of-drinking too much. Yes

and I've not drunk anything. Will

any of these products help you

Dhav? No. I need to see a

podiatrist but that's a different

story. That's are for the new year?

You're right on one level. What

better way to present the new

season than to present new brands

we have not heard of. These guys

have been around but have flown

under the radar. I've decided that

every day, as you know, I always

say there's a new product. There

are so many new brands, new

products, that everybody claims to

be a miracle product. So I've

ploughed through and come up with

six brands that I think you'll be

hearing a lot of in 2008 . Why are

they under the radar? They're

independent. They're not owned by a

conglomerate. These guys work what

you call niche or boutique brands.

And coincidentally, all of them

have some relationship to Australia

or Australian-owned and

manufactured. Except the first one,

which is from New Zealand. Yes,

which is like our Cousins. It's odd-looking. It's like

Australia-lite. You're going to get

very nice place! emails about that. It's a very,

Every once in a

while a brand comes that's so

beautiful that you don't want

beautiful that you don't want to

use it. This is a beautiful brand

called Linden Leaves. It started in called Linden Leaves. It started

news in 1995. They do a beautiful

brand. They've got Kiwi fruit,

lavender, they're more body oils

than moisturisers. Are they all natural? A combination of nature

and science. They look

extraordinary. They're just

beautiful. We have oils and

moisturisers. And bath and shower

jealous. There's an extense wif

range. Check out their website.

Expensive? No, no, no. It's about

$27. Most of these brands - it's

not something I set out to do. It

just so happened that none of them

will blow your bank balance,

especially at the start of the new

year. Some of the prices of the new

and latest, greatest things are

just ridiculous, aren't they? I do

agree. I find this brand hilarious.

Hill aiours, hilarious, hilarious -

Crop-strutters. They've got great

names. Once again, it's an

Australian brand, Evo. Can I read

this. "Contains a complete lack of miracle potato starch or ginger

root. We added no yak's kak or

Italian mud." To really take the

piss out of themselves. You can say that. What they do is the products

actually work. But they don't have

any claims to it. So what is wha

are these products? Hair products.

A whole range of hair products. So

from hair moist ricers to shampoos

to hair sprays, you know. They've

got a great gymicy marketing thing

but it's actually quite a good

range. The anti-beauty product.

Their slogan is, "Saving ordinary

humans from themselves." They're

Australian too? Yes. Fiona Kogan

Robinson decided to come up with brushes. The number one most

important thing. Why is this woman

holding her breasts in this? She's

the main contender. Back to the

brushes. So she is. Yes, she is. There are seven brushes,

beautifully housed in a leather

container and it's all very well

done, good fibres, good feral, good

length. They're not too long too.

Oh, they feel nice. What sort of

hair is that? I think it's badger.

We've spoken about this before.

Badger. Why badger Or a blue

squirrel. It depends. Easier to

catch than a beaver. Yes! Yes to

Carrots. What? Yes to Carrots.

That's what it's called. By the way,

this is called Smudge. This was

founded and manufactured in Israel.

Two Australian guys went to Israel

in 2005, loved the brand so much,

bought the company and decided to

market it worldwide. That's a market it worldwide. That's a true

story. It's like the Bic story.

Loved it so much, I bought the

company. What's the significance of

the name? It uses beta carotine and

Dead Sea mud. This has the mud,

unlike that. It's Dead Sea mud? So

it's highly mineralised. Exactly.

And also the price range is $19 to

$25 and it's sold in Big W and

Target. The products work really

quite well. This is an Israeli

product or made in Australia? It

was an Israeli product. It's been

bought by Australians so they've

put the Australian know-how into

the whole thing and all the

products are 100% organic. Once

again it's nature and science.

Alright. Renee. Very clever lady.

Very, very clever lady. She's been

around for some time, Renee Griffiths. Beautiful perfumes, all

hand-made in Australia. Price range

from $39 to $69 but they're really

good-quality perfumes. I didn't

know we did anything like that in Australia. That's right, that's

right. This beautiful packaging

and my favourite scent is snow

peach Can I have a whiff? Snow

peach? What should that smell like?

Snow peach I'm blind! You can

really, really smell the peach. You

can too. She's really committed to

the finest ingredients. How does

she manage, therefore, to not make

it really expensive? That is what

she set out to do. She's in a very

competitive market. It's an unknown

brand. If it's really expensive

people don't want to spend that

much but it's a very good product.

I can just smell. Isn't it

beautiful. You say you can layer

this with other scents you like.

And make it your own. It is like a

fruit shop. Usually when you think

of peach in a perfume, you don't

think it smells like peach. It's

sickening but this is lovely. So that's Renee.

Lastly we have this brand called

Dalaboo. We've always shown

products for adults, men, but these

are exclusively for the teen market.

Australian brand, uses seed buck Australian brand, uses seed

thorn berry oil. What? See buck

thorn berry oil. Groovy packaging.

It's very good. It's antiseptic.

It's got a lot of pro-vitamins

inside it. I'm reading the back to

see whatever this is. Does that

mean it's not recommended for

adults? No, no, no. It's designed

for teenagers but what's become evident is that more and more

adults are dipping into the jar.

That is the most expensive in the

range. It's $24.95. The cheapest is $16.95. As a moisturiser

$16.95. As a moisturiser that's

going to last you a very long time.

They have a great website that

promotes a positive body image for

teenage girls. Most of the teenage

products on the market are riddled

with chemicals. Yes, which you

imagine on young skin would not do

them any favours. Absolutely. Your

skin is sensitive and inflamed.

Very, very true. This is actually

quite calming and quite good. Ooh.

Lovely. Easy to find these

products? Very easy to find. The

information is on our website so

you can click on to it and go. Most

of the products are widely

available but once again they don't

have the advertising budgets to

compete so you need to actually

seek them out. OK. Thanks, Dhav.

We're going to see you on Wednesday.

Absolutely. I'm doing a new segment

on doing good things for your home.

Home styling. Home interior styling.

Once again, nothing too out of this

world, very attainable and very

doable. Any cows? I'll give a

little secret away. Dave has a lot

of cows in his house. Black and

white cows, thanks. We'll look

after this. forward to that. We'll be back

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