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(generated from captions) for help from the Government. a so-called cotton wool girl's plea

in the entertainment industry. starting a new business contestant Anthony Sumbati Now former 'Australian Idol' has fallen on tough times a lot of money. and he owes a lot of people He sings. Dad, just please say you're proud. He cries. Yes. Is this all we're getting? He diets. And he talks. How he talks! blazed a trail Anthony Sumbati's many talents and 'Celebrity Overhaul'. on 'Australian Idol'

which is a lot of money for me. He owes me more than $15,000, and they're snapping at his heels. by trying to call him - and no word. We've approached him by email, not just myself. It affects a lot of people, as a booking agent. Anthony started up something went horribly wrong, Some initial success, but then like Jason and Chris Lewis and dancers unpaid and angry. They take you for a ride something that they want. because you're young and you've got and that's it. They get it, take it,

but it was locked up and empty. and his beloved Range Rover Then we heard that he were back at the family home. Howard. G'day, Anthony, how are you? How are you going? Look, we're hearing terrible stories that's happening to you. about something You're having trouble? right now. I can't really talk about that but why not at least explain He might not want to talk to us, and struggling groups he owed money? to the many small We did trust him a lot, we were actually friends, and he made us feel like and for a friend... like, he made us feel like a friend, ..yeah, it's hard. Hard to live, to pay rent. Is there anything you can say to the small bands? to the creditors, wasn't giving anything away. That famous motormouth But, surprise, surprise, Why did you change your mind? exactly what happened. you know, just explain and just say

So you're broke? I've got nothing. Nothing.

it doesn't pay people back, but, you know, what can you say? including my family, It's hurt a lot of people, who really don't deserve it. You work through it, There's really nothing left. There isn't anything left. of getting a cent? that they had Buckley's You feel awful, you feel guilty. or drive cabs or whatever it takes Anthony promises he'll wash dishes he somehow now owes. to repay the 6-figure sum

exactly what went wrong. He's still not saying letting people down and doing that. and I'm just sorry for that it will work out But I just know when things will change. and there will come a time

Howard Gipps there. means she can't even go outside Rebecca Brewer's rare condition for fear of being bumped. fighting the Federal Government But this fragile young woman is that protect her fragile body. to help pay for the special bandages I live every day as it comes. from her thighs down to her feet. Everything is covered. genetic condition called EB. She suffers from a rare is a rare genetic skin disorder Epidermolysis bullosa, or EB, which acts like Velcro, where the skin, the layers of skin together. is missing a protein which holds Just like any other 20-year-old girl, celebrities and fashion. Rebecca loves And the after-parties. constant attention. But her condition requires turns her a shade of blue The cream to dress Rebecca's wounds and it's difficult to leave home. her skin to flare dramatically. Any bumps or a bruise can cause all my wounds for skin cancers I've got to keep checking all the time. But it wasn't always like this. a relatively normal life, This little dancer lived of her about two years ago. until the condition grabbed hold How do you do this every day? Well, I get tired a lot. Life's tough but we just battle on. go through this? How hard is it to watch Rebecca she's never had a boyfriend, to go to the shops by herself. and it's just hard that go to the shops It's always her and I because I love her to death. and I don't mind to do this every morning, It's just a routine for us the dressings and that. without having to do it. I don't know what it's like to have any support. And they don't know what it's like on medicines. and around $6,000 each year to come on board and help us out. and we're looking to the Government treatment available for them Dressings is the only form of top-of-the-line silicon dressings, and these dressings, which are are very expensive. for a case of 50 of these It's $603 maybe two weeks. which would only last ordinary bandages So Theresa can only afford to use on Rebecca's damaged skin. to see her suffering. It's just hard sometimes I'll give her a dose of morphine She'll wake up crying in pain and but she's still in pain. as it is These kids are suffering enough by the Government. and they're neglected No support at all. on the PBS for these EB sufferers So at least consider to put these They need them. heal quicker It would make my wounds I suppose it would be less pain. and, yeah, It's been really sore. Rebecca is not alone in her battle. also an EB sufferer. We met Eliza Baird in 2006 - something together for her Currently the hospital tries to get is a month-to-month proposition but it really had to rely and Eliza has unfortunately of other community resources on the goodwill to pay for some of her dressings. But Rebecca wants to change this. Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon. She hopes to meet with to see what it's really like. She should like spend a day with me Alissa Warren with that story. And in a statement today, said Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon is currently considering the Government how to provide assistance to EB patients and their families. to meet with Rebecca soon. She's agreed And if you've got a problem with a government department or any other story, send us an email or give us a call. that could wreak havoc on your next trip. They're planning to stop lifting bags weighing more than 20kg if the airline refuses to slash its current limit of 32kg. The Transport Workers Union claims a third of handlers have been injured because of heavy loads in the past year. Here's what the travelling public had to say. The union is run by a bunch of wimps - every grown man cannot live 20 kilos he's better off working in war worse. Once upon a time they used to have a bit of backbone but now they have become wimps. I can carry it, I'm pregnant again bona- fide can carry it, why not? fide can carry it, why not? How many bags which you lived per day if? 50 or 60. What it comes back to is the airlines trying to make more money out of us, that's all. My bag today weighs about 30 kilos. Joining the live from Sydney airport is Tony Sheldon from the transport workers' union. Not much sympathy at the airport for your members today, I used seriously telling us that your members cannot lift more than 20 kilos? If you're taking only one or two facts out of the back of a car and taking it a short distance, that is easy. But do that all day and it is quite clearly as serious injury. What has happened is we have had one in seven people last year that have had a series injuries as a result of these practices. Qantas tells us that the lost time due to injury at airports has decreased, the year on year for the past four years, who is telling us the truth? Qantas is telling you a liar, that is not accurate. A matter of weeks ago one employee was jabbed with a morphine shot because of having to push bags in the Hull of the plane that were well over limit and because of the poor equipment and procedures that Quantas has and has had for a considerable amount of time. The other thing that is calling about the situation is that Quantas has its own reports that say the exact same issues that I am raising are issues that should have been addressed by Quantas, and they have failed to. Let's have a demonstration before we talk about these statistics. I am not a professional baggage handler and I am not a weightlifter but I can lift this with one hand. I would not want to run at a marathon on with it but why can't your blokes do this? Quite clearly they are running a marathon on with the workload they do of 600 bags and Dave. Even with all the pressures of the job they still remain in it, but they also say why should they be going home was broken bats - - backs to their loved ones was seeing their mates having to have more faith because of poor equipment by Quantas. They are not a lifting 600 and maximum weight like this. Can you come over here, sweetheart, can you lift the spag? It is heavy bag I can do it. Zack is eight years old, surely if he can lift a 20 kilo bag, your professional handlers should be able to lift more than that. For if you had his back lifting that 600 times a day then somebody should be going to jail over it. The independent report from Qantas says that these procedures are unsafe and they had been saying it for two years. British Airways has a 23 kilo limit on its bags, and are not doing that because of their love for just wanting to decrees bag sizes, back a doing it because of ergonomic investigations and reports and they are responding to those reports. We went to Sydney airport today to film some of your members at work, and this is the part here for it appears the lifting is done. I gather there is automation at other end of

end of this process. This does not look like much of a love to me, with all respect. Crazy when you look at that particular aspect of the operation, there is actually moving and twisting when you are moving the bags. You have to turn around to put the bags into the area. The ergonomic report from Quantas and for British Airways is... That planners one of the easier planes to load but when you're dealing with a substantial flight, even British Airways says that squatters has gone wrong. We have one in seven people that have taken time off last year, and one- third of the workforce are reporting back injuries, with the intensity of the workout at Quantas it is a serious issue. Qantas have agreed that it is serious but they have failed to act. They are certainly was a Steel at this stage and there is not a lot of sympathy for you are monks passengers at the airport but thank you for your time tonight. they're now referring to it as 'bogan'. There's not a bogan among them. Well, at least that's what they're telling me. And they're tired of being ridiculed. You normally get either a snigger or people will laugh. Now, the dictionary says a 'bogan' is someone from a lower socioeconomic background, viewed as uncultured, a stupid person. The Internet is even more cruel, saying "the unemployed bogan often frequents RSL clubs "for discount lunches during the day "before continuing on to the local Centrelink office "to receive the hard-earned cash of the taxpaying public." This will be followed by a journey to the most convenient bottle shop to pick up a slab of VB and of course the all-important packet of Winnie Reds. It must be changed. Has anyone ever called you a bogan? No, they don't call me rude things. Do you ever wear flannelette or ugg boots? Not at all, not at all. Got white shoes on though. Maureen and Charles live in number 8. When you give your address, they laugh or say, "Are you serious?" Axel lives in number 16. It also has probably an effect on the value of the house long-term. That's a good point - who wants to live in a Bogan Place? Exactly. It might be a problem to sell the place. And John has been getting hate mail. They were quite aggressive, like, they were "coming to get us". We're "bogans", we "don't belong". Even the school kids are teased. He said, "Is that street named after you?" and I'm like, "No." You were a little embarrassed by it? Yeah. Tradesman Mark is building a deck in the street and when he got the call - I actually thought it was a gee-up, being Bogan Place, from one of my friends, so I actually had to look at the directory to make sure it was legit. Look, I have been known to wear the occasional ugh boot and watch the football with a beer. The local council is very sympathetic for a change. After all, it's costing Mayor Ebbeck a fortune. This street is probably one of the most expensive streets for signs as this sign continually gets removed and I think it's sitting on a few bedroom walls. It costs about $500 every time. We haven't told anyone we've moved here yet. Around the country there is a movement to banish the bogan, this one in Adelaide. I'm not proud to live in a street called "Bogan Road". I'm not proud of that. Particularly when there's such wasted street names - "By The Sea", given to a light industrial estate, nowhere near water.

Or "Daydream Place", in a commercial district. What would you like to see the street called? Well, we've all voted that Rainforest Close is the name. Which is swell by all. Except number 4... You're happy to be in a Bogan Place? I'm happy the way it is. against unfair red-light camera fines. Well, it seems the hundreds of angry drivers we featured were just the tip of the iceberg. SONG: # I see red, I see red, I see red. # I was shocked, I was horrified. Why? Because I didn't run the red light. Mauro Bonfito is a cleaner who is dirty on the Victorian Government.

It's all about revenue raising, it's not about road safety. Mauro says he is a victim of Melbourne's notorious 'Bayside Bandit' red light camera. What happened that day? Well, I was at the intersection, waiting to make a right hand turn on the green and just went through like I did at any other time at any other intersection.

at this particular intersection? As we showed you last night, 417 motorists have banded together for a mass court battle to fight the red light. I slammed on the brakes and there was a truck behind me that nearly cleaned me up. I've never received a red-light camera fine. Today, we received scores of emails and phone calls who say they too have been unfairly fined here, turning right from Nepean Highway into Bay Road, Cheltenham. I am just wondering how many of these are like me, facing a first-time ever besmirching of a long, long record of a clean driving licence? It's one of Melbourne's busiest intersections and a huge revenue raiser for the Government. It's a cash cow - 'cause they think everyone who lives in Black Rock, Beaumaris, Sandringham, Mentone and Parkdale are up to their necks in money. Bull---t! Bob Burnell, 75, is a former police officer and police prosecutor. He says he was unfairly fined too, and he's leading the charge to court. So this is your only blemish? It's my only blemish.

It's going to stay a blemish. Actually, it won't be a blemish if you get off. It won't be a blemish if I can prove that those lights were wrong. Can you? I can. You reckon you will win in court? I will win in court. Why? That's what Carol Peters says too. She also contacted us today. I have never gone through a red light in my life, in fact, I was just stunned. Carol was taking her elderly husband shopping at Southland shopping centre. An expensive trip. To a lot of people that's a week's pension and it just doesn't seem to be right. There needs to be something done about it. Word of warning, Carol - don't bank on the Police Minister, Bob Cameron. He not only avoids questions in Parliament about the 'Bayside Bandit', his staff seem to have a problem with common courtesies. We've called the police minister's office six times in the past two days to get an answer about this but they won't even call us back. What do you think of that? I just think it's a sheer arrogance. we pay these people to do their job. Why can't they do it properly? It's disgusting. local Liberal Member for Sandringham. He's coordinating the court challenge. Outrageous. The Government is in denial, there is fundamentally a cover-up. I am dead right. SONG: # I see red, I see red, I see red. # Martin King there. And, as promised, we'll keep you posted on what happens when those cases go to court. Still to come, from the House of Lords to the big house, Jeffrey Archer's life after prison. Hey, we don't choose the dreams, but with Lotto's massive $19 million Superdraw we could make plenty come true.

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and was even made a Lord. But the past 20 years of Jeffrey Archer's life are more fantastic than any fiction he's written. There's been scandal, intrigue, and a stint behind bars - and none of it dents his phenomenal popularity. I spoke with Jeffrey Archer as his new novel stormed the bookstores. I kept feeling, "This is the best story I have ever had." There's already so many books in the world, Jeffrey. Not enough! It's called 'A Prisoner of Birth', the story of a man who is jailed falsely but escapes to seek revenge. The advantage I had was that I could write the first third of the book - the time he is arrested, the trial and the time when he was in jail - with some authority, with some knowledge. The story of Archer's own incarceration dates back to the late '80s when he won a libel action against the 'Daily Star' newspaper. They alleged he had sex with a prostitute, Monica Coghlan, and had paid her hush money to go away. Archer won that action and was awarded ?500,000 in damages. But in 2000, when he was a candidate for the London lord mayoral election, details emerged that he had created an alibi during the earlier trial. In July of 2001 he was found guilty of perjury and perverting the course of justice. He was sentenced to a total of four years in prison.

Do you think you are a better man? I certainly learned a lot about myself and how privileged I was and how lucky I was in real life. Archer spent two years inside, including a few weeks in the high-security Belmarsh Prison, before he was officially classified a low-risk inmate. But the author certainly wasn't idle while a guest of Her Majesty, he has written a number of books on the subject. You wrote the prison diaries to great critical acclaim. You have now written 'A Prisoner of Birth' to great popular acclaim. I guess prison has been quite good for you, in retrospect. Well, the irony is I didn't know at the time that I would meet 1,000 new people who would tell me amazing stories, that I would see things I have never seen before, that I would have a new attitude to life when I came out.

And I certainly didn't realise the effect it would have on my writing, no. I imagine you would have been asked to get involved in rehabilitation programs for prisoners, to go back and talk in prisons, have you done a bit of that? Most of all I have fought very hard and I'm beginning to succeed in making sure that education in prisons is relevant. 70% of people in British prisons cannot read or write, they are illiterate. I was desperate to at least allow people who wanted to learn to read and write - who wanted a better education - to do it. So you believe in the rehabilitation element of prison? Through education, yes, I do. In Australia, like many other countries, there's currently a fierce debate about whether or not we should be sending some juvenile offenders into the adult prison system. The question you asked, of course, is if they go into a serious prison then are they likely to become professional criminals?

Yes, of course.

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