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(generated from captions) Good morning and welcome to 9am

with David and Kim. Good morning,

everyone. 7 I'm so rude with health

this morning. Oh, good. If I was

any Morwell - is that good English?

If I was any more betterer. I'd be

sick. Prior to the release of the

Rudd Government's budget it

thought they were krk a cut to the

carers' allowance. 2.5 million

Australian carers saw that as

waving a red flag at a bull and waving a red flag at a bull a

have come out fighting for better assistance for the extraordinary

job they do. There will now be a

parliamentary inquiry by may

consider raising the maximum

pension to equal the poverty line pension to equal the poverty

at least. Too much to ask? Even

though one in four Australian

children is overweight, the

marketing of junk food is big

business but a parents group is

fighting back. This morning, we'll

find out what they're proposing.

Kurt Fearnley competes in marathons.

He won one in New York even though

was sprawled flat at the half way

mark. Kelly Cartwright is a 100m

runner who is achieving everything

she couldn't. Curt will strap on

some wheels and Kelly will strap on

a leg in their efforts to at the

Paralympics in Beijing. Kurt's had

a run around the bird cage so he

can talk about the experience.

We'll look at what is involved in

keeping chooks in your suburban

backyard. Fresh eggs every day and

no carbon footprint. Stick around. This program is captioned live.

You've got chooks. We have chooks.

And you love them, don't you? Love

their eggs. Fricasee and chicken

chow mein. One's called Roast. It

cage is. True. You've got to get a good

stupid as hell and make a hell of a

mess. Apart from that, no worries.

Do they dig up the garden or poo

everywhere? Both. But it's good

fertiliser. Yes if you can fertiliser. Yes if you can be

bothered scooping up a tiny bit

from over there and doing it for 10

years until you scrape up a bag's

worth. They would poo around the

garden willy-nilly. No. You would

hope so but they do sort of at the

front door, you know, right there.

Really? Yes. Very inconvenient. The

weekend is coming. Do you get the

weekend paper delivered? No. Oh. We

go out and buy it - Simon or I will

go out every weekend. That's silly.

We go out and buy them. What,

take the ute? Yes. Why do you laugh

at that? I was driving the ute

every morning. You need a ute for

the weekend newspaper, don't you?

Yeah, loads of it. Not only do -

our paper gets delivered wrapped in

cling wrap which takes me 45

minutes to undo and guaranteed if

it's a wet morning, the paper is

still wet having eventually found

this thing. I was making a

How many inserts do you get in the

weekend newspaper do you reckon? Oh,

yes. Um - You're trying to yes. Um - You're trying to pull

them out. I made a list. In - in my

paper tomorrow there will be these

inputs - careers, cars, used cars,

classifieds, two glossy magazines,

sports, travel, review, business,

lifestyle, entertainment and

technology. All pull-outs. What's

left if you pull them out? The news

of the newspaper. That's

Exactly. And they're all tucked

inside so you're endlessly trying

to find where that one starts and

this one comes out. Gosh, you've

got a stressful life, don't you,

dear. A weekend is only two days. I

need a fortnight for that number of

inserts. You read all of them? inserts. You read all of them? No,

I couldn't be less interested. You

go through the classifieds. "250

for that. He's dreaming!" It's the

30th of may, 210 until Christmas

and two days in what is shaping up

as a rainless winter. The fact it's

a Friday, Kim, what's on the front

page this morning?

More human remains have been found

at a mass grave in northern France

where it's believed up to 170 World where it's believed up to 170

Isdale is at Fromelles. War I soldiers are buried. Danielle

Well, another day here in Fromelles

and another set of history-making

discoveries. The team here has dug

through more pits and located more

human remains. On top of the first

forearm that they found, they've

found another set of forearm bones found another set of forearm

and elsewhere a leg bone. So now

it's almost certain that the

research that they did was correct,

that these are indeed burial pits

from World War I. The French police

have been notified of have been notified of these

latest finds but they'll no latest finds but they'll no longer

be coming back to visit the site

to assess each and every set of

human remains as they are uncovered.

The team here say enter will be

simply too many for them to do that.

As they move through the pits

they're not just finding those

human remains they're primarily

looking for but they're finding

other evidence that these were

burial pits as well. We have now

both German accoutrements in the

form of buttons and eye lets in the

ground sheets used to wrap the

dead. We also have webbing

accoutrements that are consistent

with Commonwealth troops which

could be either Australian or

British. With the momentum they've

got going now, there's very little

that can stop this team. Weather

permitting, they've got three weeks

to find as many sets of human

remains as they can.

Mercedes Corby will return to court today after a jury found she today after a jury found she was

defamed by the Seven Network. Ms

Corby claimed she was defamed in a

series of interviews given by her

former close friend Jody Power

which were aired on Seven's 'Today Tonight' program. Power had

alleged Mercedes Corby was a

regular drug-user, had sold

marijuana and was even involved in

Schapelle Corby's alleged attempt

to smuggle drugs into Bali. I've

got more to do but I'm happy with

the outcome. The parties will be

back in court today to deal with back in court today to deal with an

marijuana. marijuana. allegation that Ms Corby possessed

Federal Police are victing the

leaking of top-secret Fuel Watch

Cabinet documents. The Prime

Minister has cleared his Cabinet

colleagues of any wrongdoing and is

blaming the public service.

Undaunted, the Government is

pressing on with its petrol price

monitoring plan. It is with great monitoring plan. It is with

pleasure that I rise to introduce

this bill to create a national Fuel

Watch scheme. From December,

service stations will be forced to

lock in fuel prices 24 hours in lock in fuel prices 24 hours

advance and post them on a website.

The motorist will be given the

power to understand when and where

to buy petrol at the lowest price.

Fuel Watch faces a bumpy ride

through Parliament and has hit a

few polt holes already. Leaked

documents show the Rudd Government

ignored warnings about the scheme

from within its own ministry and

key departments. It is not only the

Rudd Government's petrol strategy

in patters, it is the Government itself. A Federal Police

investigation is under way into how

the Cabinet material fell into the

hands of the hands of the media.

REPORTER: Are you confident it was

none of your Cabinet colleagues? Oh, absolutely. The Prime Minister

appears less confident about the

loyalty of the public service with

tensions between the Government and

the bureaucracy mounting. Kevin

Rudd fired off this warning shot.

Some public servants are Some public servants are finding

the hours a bit much. Well, I

suppose I've simply got news for the public service. There'll be more.

He's making friends, isn't he? Yes

and influencing people. We'll and influencing people. We'll have

more on those stories in the

morning news and a full wrap in morning news and a full wrap in Ten News at 5:00.

Heaven forbid you care for someone

with a severe disability, confined

to the house, catering to their every single and complex need,

often adapting to a confusing and

alien world. There are 2.5 million

carers in Australia that we know

of coping with a silent and

thankless task and receiving less

than the recognised poverty line

for their extraordinary effort.

These aren't Australiana's working

families. These are Australia's

hardest working family. Leanne

Leggo is one of those tireless

workers. Her son, Mitchell, has

epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and hired

kept also and he also shows autistic tendencies and is

non-verbal. Leanne joins us to talk

about life on the front line along

with Maria Bo'han. I'm thinking

there's probably a lot more than we

actually know of? What constitutes

a carer? I'm sure there are. The

statistics are definitely an underestimate. Another way to think

about it is to think one in every

five households across Australia

has someone caring for someone with

a disability, mental illness,

chronic condition, dementia or

age-related frailty. That puts it

at 4 million at least. Another way

is to think of people in their 80s

and 90s caring for someone, to

think of people as young as 12

caring for someone. But most

carers are of workforce age. It's

interesting. A lot of people would hear those statistics and say,

"That's not me." But the reality is

it could be anyone any time.

Exactly. Anyone any time is a

message that we want to get out

across Australia. At some time we

may have care needs ourselves or we

may be supporting someone with

disabilities or chronic illness.

Leanne, when your son was born, how

did your life change? Did you know

where to start? Well, first off, he

was born 13 weeks early, so 27

weeks. He spent four months in

hospital straight. The next two

years was just a complete, um, blur,

really, because it was in and out

of hospital, I've lost count of the

amount of operations he had during

those years. At the end of the day,

it was just coping day by day and

trying to work out what you're

going to do. On a day to day basis,

what is his life and your lifelike?

It's a bit tricky to say that

because each day is really

different. It all depends on how -

Because of the way he is? Yeah,

yeah, OK. If he's got a good day

then we all have a good day. If

he's having a bad day, we all have

a bad day. At the moment, we're

having problems with him at school

because he's grabbing at the other

kids. He's making very loud noises

for someone who doesn't speak. It's

quite frustrating. We're trying -

at the moment we're trying to get a

full week where he stays in the

classroom. What support is there

for you? It's encouraging to hear

that at least he gets to go to

school. But I would imagine that that's a brief respite and the rest

of the time it's just full on

hands-on. Is that right? Well, it

is. We get some assistance through

council. We get some assistance

through, um, a breakaway, that sort

of thing. But it's so fragmented.

It's a little bit here and a little

bit there and you never know - In

terms of payment? In terms of

assistance and pension as well? All

that. We get funding for aids and

equipment. We get funding for

incontinence product. We get

funding for respite, all these

different things. Like, for

instance, about three years ago, my

son needed this hip brace. He'd had

hip surgery and we needed to get it

and we needed to get it right now,

so it's a great big contrappings.

This costs $1500. Now, it's quite

funny because at the time we had

funding for a weekend away for my

husband and I. The kids were being

looked after. As part of respite

care? So I rang up and said, "We

need this hip brace, can we use

this $700 towards the hip brace?"

makes sense to me. "No, sorry.

That's respite money, you're not

allowed to use respite money for

this sort of thing." That

highlights the problems within the

funding. Also you mentioned your

husband there. You're fortunate

that you do have a husband who is

close and supportive. Oh, yes. You have another daughter to care

have another daughter to care for

as well but a lot of women with

kids with disabilities find

themselves on their own, don't

they? And that makes it tougher?

Yes and I think the hardest thing is sometimes when these

disabilities can actually do to

your relationships. We're very,

very fortunate. My husband and I

have a very strong relationship.

Love you, Geoff. And a wonderful

daughter, Sarah, who helps a lot.

But so many of my friends - the

relationships have all broken down.

There's too much pressure, too much

tension and it gets very difficult

for them. Yeah. Maria, I suppose

there this is a typical reaction? A

very typical story. And, David, I

wanted - when Leanne was talking

about when Mitchell's at school, I

wanted to bring into the picture

it's fantastic that Mitchell's at

school but some parents like Leanne

can't really go to work or have a

normal day because they're waiting

for the phone to ring. I know one

carer who has two adolescent sons with muscular dystrophy and she

needs to go up to school a couple

of times a day to help her boys go

to the toilet. So that restricts

some carers' rest of their life.

They can't go out with friends. They can't have leisure. And this

is a lot of people across Australia.

Plus, I'm sure, it must be utterly

exhausting. It must be utterly

isolating as well. And also, as

Leanne tells her story, I wonder

what Leanne and her family are

thinking about in terms of the

future, Mitchell's future, what

will his health and wellbeing be

like? You know know, the financial

impacts of caring. What about superannuation? You heard Leanne

say she was willing to give up a

weekend break, you know? No planning

for holidays. Know going back to

study. No -- so many carers really

struggle with fear of the future.

If you're on your own, who takes

over if you get ill, if something

happens to you. Even though your

husband is incredibly supportive,

that applies to you, so much so,

because someone's got to work. Yes.

We're also extremely fortunate.

We've got a terrific support base

of family and friends. But so many people don't have that

. Even though Mitchell has the

behaviour to rush off, he doesn't

did it quickly so you can always

catch up. There are particular

issues with him with water and fire.

Ah, yes. What do you call him?

Elemental Boy. He loves the

elements. We went round to my

sister's place and their daughter,

Ashley, was in the bathtub and she

was in the bathtub and we got there

and we were sitting outside and and we were sitting outside and we

heard a little voice going, "Mum!

Mum!" we thought, "What's going on?"

my sister went in and she said,

"You have to come and look at this."

And there's Ashley huddled up and

there's Mitchell, climbed in, fully clothed, laid himself

splashing away, having a ball.

Quickly we've got to talk about

what the Government's doing. What

was in the recent budget and

there's a parliamentary inquiry

looking into benefits and pension,

isn't there? Yes, David. I think

it's fair to say that the caring

community across Australia is

watching the Government. Just

before the federal Budget, we knew

that carers hit the airwaves when

the Government threatened or there

was a rumour that they might cancel

the carer bonuses in the budget.

Now fortunately in the Budget the

Government made a commitment just

to this year to the carer bonuses,

which means that carers on the

carer payment and the carer

allowance will be given a one-off

bonus of $1,000 or $600. This is

tremendously important for caring

familyings. -- families. Sometimes

they save up bills to pay them from

that bonus money. That's right.

Sometimes they try to buy a new

washing machine or a new piece of

equipment or new tyres for the car.

So we're pleased the bonuses are

there, but we really

Government to think about - you

know, making - really looking at

financial and income support for

families, because we don't families, because we don't want

them to live year to year. Just

quickly on that. What is the

maximum that a carer can get maximum that a carer can get at

the moment? It's $270 or something.

The carer payment or the carer

pension is just a bit less. It's

roughly about $500 a week. A week,

is it? But that's short of, you

know, the basic wage that people in

Australia should get and that's

something that we need Government

to look at. Also carers can access

the carer allowance, which is

about - It's $100 a fortnight. And

that's to offset some of the costs

of care. But we often say to

Government and we've been saying

for about 10 years, "Double it.

Double it. Double it." And you're

nodding with all of this. Absolutely

That's nowhere near enough money.

When you look at - we were talking

about what you spend your dollars

on or your carer payment. This is,

for instance, one of Mitchell's

communication aids. We got this

from Deal Communication, they're an

association who help kids and

adults who can't speak to actually

find a voice. So things like - he

will use this to say - I only just

got this yesterday to say no or got this yesterday to say no or yes

or, "I need a break, I'm tired." So

we can koord - I need that! How

much does it cost, Leanne? This

costs $355. This is cheap. This is

fantastic. This has just come out.

It's nice and cheap. We've paid It's nice and cheap. We've paid for

this ourselves. But think of

wheelchairs and the extra. You're

allowed one communication device

and he has another communication

device which is far more

complicated and far more expensive.

That cost something in the order of

$4,500. So that one was funded so

therefore we pay for this one ourselves. We haven't even touched

on the fact - caring for the aged

and Australia has a rapidly and

increasing liegeing population.

All the baby boomers getting to that

stage. As Leanne was talking about

her home situation, I was having

images of many caring households

because some households look like

mini hospitals. So think of special

equipment beds. Think of hoists.

Think of special foods. Think of

special equipment for heating.

Think of drips. So some caring

homes are mini hospitals. homes are mini hospitals. And

carers are 24/7 on call, on duty in

those homes. Yeah. Often for life.

Yeah, look, if you would like to

contribute to the parliamentary

inquiry or you'd like more

information, we showed the details before. Your website is carersAustralia.com.au. That's got

all the information on it. Yeah.

Thank you so much. Good to chat to

you both. Thank you. We'll be back

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Our favourite Irish Queenslander is

sending some of the Sunshine State

to the south of the country for the

Good Food and Wine Show. So good morning to Alistair McLeod.

Good morning, Alistair. Kim and

David, how you doing? You're so

Irish. In two days time it's going

to be winter and you're serving up

cold soup. It's a wee bit Irish.

Thank you for asking. I'll tell you

what I'm doing strawberry soup is

because Queensland strawberries are

in season now. You guys in the

fridgeied cold States have your

strawberries in season in the summer

We have ours in the winter. I don't

don't remember that from all of my

winters growing up there. I'm in

the diners club celebrity theatre

at the Melbourne convention and

exhibition theatre and I'm the host

of the show. This is a different

golf swing for this cook. What does

that mean? What are you doing? The

good food show goes round the

country. We start in Melbourne in

an hour and we go to Sydney in

three weeks with a man called

Ramsey, some fella like that. Then

we go to Perth and then Brisbane

later in the year. I'm like a kid

in a lolly shop. It's a food and

beforeage mine here. We've got

Tobie Puttock. We've got Peter

Evans, Matt Moran. And your contribution is strawberries with

on wron and oil by the look of it?

That's winning me over. You know,

Kim Watkins. I know it seems a wee

bit controversial and I don't mind

that at all. Gazpacho is made with

tomato and tomato is a fruit. True.

That doesn't seem some

controversial, handsome Alistair,

at all. Incredibly handsome

Alistair. You were saying in the

break that Gazpacho tastes similar

no matter what you put in it.

there's another famous gazpacho and

it's a white gazpacho and you can

do a computer one - you can tell we're live - a cucumber one.

There's acid - the profile is

similar. I've a used balsamic, you

could use sherry Srinagar and then

there's sweetness. What's the there's sweetness. What's the white

one? It's an almond gazpacho. Can I start this up?

Can we talk above

this I can hear nothing. I'll turn

it off. That's done, is it? That's

right. That's exactly it. Ideally

Kim Watkins you would leave it

overnight to mass rate and by

adding the salt it would extrude

the flavours, you'd have greater

depth of colour and flavour but

it's grand doing it just like that

there. Serve it ice cold. For the

people that actually like a cooking

segment for the knowledge that they

gain. Perhaps you can tell us what

went into that jug? Yes, sorry,

David. Strawberries, capsicum,

onion, cucumber, garlic, a bit of

acid, balsamic vinegar. Extra

virgin olive oil. It makes the

moment last a bit longer. It coats

your tongue and gives you more

flavour. The other part I'm

excited about is good Queensland produce there. These are wild

Hervey Bay scallops. They're limb

pid, irdisent, they're naturally

sweet. These juxtapose

temperaturewise with the gazpacho.

They're going to be sweet. They're going to be sweet. Where's

the orange bit to the scallop? Good

queth question. With Queensland

scallops we don't serve the row or

the reproductive organ. Enjoy your

lunch. It's a wee bit small and not

as easy on the eyes as Tasmanian

scallops, it's darker in colour and

it's the way the customer prefers

them. These are Queensland saucer

scallops, flat shells. The

Tasmanian ones are more masculine.

I love these. Dead hot pan, olive

oil, seasoning, they will take 60

seconds, no longer, on one side.

Turn them over, just let them kiss

the heat on the other side,

them off, done. That's it? Aye, aye.

There's no sauce or marinade? No,

Kim Watkins. You want them to Kim Watkins. You want them to be at

the point where they go from

translucent to opaque. When I take

them off the heat, they'll still be

cooking, long after I'm off air in

fact. These are exactly the same

elements as the gazpacho, capsicum,

strawberry, onion, cucumber and a

bit of tarragon which I missed from

the gazpacho. I haven't used any

more ingredients - it's the same

ones but in a different ones but in a different way. That's

a wee salsa . A weeer rant herb

there. Was it a herb No no, Kim

Watkins. In our kitchen, there's

dog hair, cat hair, children's heat.

That's the natural sugars - You've

burned them. No, David. It's

roasted. You want that. It makes

them taste more of themselves. And

we serve them apparently like we

don't care alongside. I'll clear a

wee space here. Oh, yes. Look at

that. Nothing tkwreen. I'm wearing

this shot all day. Oh, this goes

over the top. You can make it

finer by putting it through a sieve

and charging more money. That's

how you do it. I thought it how you do it. I thought it was

coming in a soup bowl. Then a bit

of almond oil. Almond is a

traditional ingredient in gazpachos.

I'm just going to anoint the

scallops with almond oil. That

works for me. Two things. This

morning we've seen you through half

a kilo of salt over your left

shoulder. What happens in a night

in your restaurant. How much in your restaurant. How much salt

is on the floor? We have so much

serendipity in my kitchen, so much

good luck, David Reyne. We have

accidents and spills and falls

I'm the luckiest guy. I thought you

were making the floor gritty to

have traction with the salt? have traction with the salt? No traction required. traction required. You are

wonderful as always. Thank you so

much Alistair. Into pleasure doing

business. And the Good Food and

Wine Show is in Melbourne it's

going to Sydney, Brisbane, going to Sydney, Brisbane, Perth.

Canberra, Hobart and Darwin should

howl at their excursion. You howl at their excursion. You can plan a long weekend somewhere to

enjoy it. You can download the

recipe from our website. We'll be back after this.

For some, a birth disability or the

loss of a limb would be

devastating. Others see it as a

challenge that can be in some cases embraceds.

Kurt Fearnley finds nothing more

appealing than scooting out for a

42km spin in his wheel care. Kelly

Cartwright tried a wheelchair and

enjoyed it so months, she sold it

to the first buyer two months later.

She prefers to run. Both are off to the Paralympics in Beijing. Good

morning to you both. Clearly you're

both mad. Slow down! Can I start

with you? You... 42km in

wheelchair? Going as fast as you

can. No wonder you have shoulders

like a God? I cross the finish line

anywhere between 1:20 to 1:30. We leave probably 30 seconds before

the main field of runners and the

winner will cross the finish line 45

minutes after me. Why would you

want to go that far? For me, I got involved with wheelchair racing

and I wanted to do the toughest

racing that was out there and the most competitive and professional wheelchair sport is marathon

racing. As a kid, your attitude

started then. You, in school, would

try to race the able bodied kids on

the grass in a wheelchair. I did

race the able-bodied kids and if

the chair didn't make it I was

and crawling after them T was

expected of me. Before we get to

you, Kelly. Just on that I read

about the New York marathon which

you won, 42km or something you won, 42km or something like

that and you came out of the the

chair half way through? Is it chair half way through? Is it like

roller crash derby or something?

Yeah. It's one of the toughest

moments in racing but I'm so proud

of it. I was going about 38km/h and

hit some potholes and it was

covered live on major network, 50

million people watching and I hit

the concrete and was able to - 1 in

a million, was able to throw myself

immediately back in the chair and

kept rolling and won it and

definitely got the blood pumping. I

bet! How much bark did you take

off? If you injure your hands - I

took off plenty. It ripped open the

Lycra and it made a few cuts and

bruises on me. That's alright, then.

And the chair as well. It was a

tough one. Kelly, let's bring you

in here. Your situation is a little

bit different. You suddenly found

out that you had an aggressive

cancer in your leg. What was that

like? Finding out that you had some

pretty awful choices ahead of you?

It was devastating. I was in Yea It was devastating. I was in Year

10 hanging with my friends and

living - I was 15 years old. And to

be hold that you have a rare form

of cancer and the only way that

they suggest to get rid of it is to

get your leg amputated is

devastating at that age. Is it

true that chemo doesn't necessarily

work with that cancer. It's very

resistant towards it and it doesn't

have the best outcome. So they have the best outcome. So they say

to you, "We recommend you have an

amputation." Yeah. What does that

feel like? What's your immediate

reaction? Oh, um, I mean I always

have a choice. They never say,

"We're going to take your leg."

It's always, "You can have

amputation or radical surgery," but

you can tell by the way the doctor

is telling thaw amputation is the

best option. When they first told

me, I said, "No way. I would rather

die." I walked out with mum and dad

and said, "No way I'm getting my leg

amputated. I'd rather die." We

weren't sure if the cancer had

spread. They said to go away spread. They said to go away and

think about it and we were back and

forth having checks and found out

it hadn't spread and I guess I came

to the decision that maybe the

amputation would-be the best option.

How do you then, um, I guess say

goodbye to your leg? What's that

preparation like as a kid, preparation like as a kid, you

know? I guess it was hard. The

unknown scared me the most. Am I

going to be able to walk again?

What will I look like? What can I

wear? What can I do? I was scared

of that at the start. I guess of that at the start. I guess it's

obviously devastating losing your

leg but being 15 and being

self-conscious about what you look

like at school, your make-up, your

hair. I was worried what people

would look at me like. As I said would look at me like. As I said in

the intro, you tried and wheelchair.

Dad bought me a cool one, actually.

I think I used it twice when I

wanted to go shopping for

and I just hated it. People would

push me too fast or slow and I

hated it. They told you from there

were a list of things you couldn't

do. Were they saying you wouldn't

be able to walk? No, they said I'd

be able to walk but it would take

me a long time and lots of physio

and lots of training and I guess I

didn't expect to be able to run or

walk in it so yeah. I was meant to

be in hospital for two weeks and I

think I came out after six days.

They were pretty amazed. How did

you work out you could run? At the

start I tried to run and it didn't

work. I talked to my physio and he

gave me some exercises. We worked

on it together. As I understand it,

for the games, you have a running

leg. It's like a fantastic looking

thing, isn't it, like a blade?

Here's my question to both of you -

where does the equipment come into

the competitive edge and angle? Why

isn't it that perhaps your leg,

your blade is better than your

opponents? Is there a guideline for

each event? I guess - I'm not

really sure I know. I guess it

depends on the person. You could

probably there could be a better

wheelchair but you may not like

that. It might not suit you. You'd

probably answer that better?

Chair-wise there's pretty much a

standard. The top guys, probably 50

of the guys are professional

athletes and they have the exact

same equipment, right down to the

carbon fibre wheels. Even China

where, you know, the athletes over

there may not even have a day chair.

They may be - being pushed They may be - being pushed around

in a day chair they can't use but

they will have the best sporting

equipment possible and they are on

the start line with exactly the start line with exactly the

same equipment. So it's all

standardised. You'd think you'd

get - There are slight variations.

They can be ten grand. You

mentioned Beijing there. Let's talk

about - you've had a bit of a test

run. You've checked out the old

bird cage. That being the Olympic

stadium. The birds nest. It's

amazing. Bird's nest, is it? Yeah.

I raced in the Paralympics in

Sydney with 110,000 people,

incredible. In Osaka, full stadium,

78,000 - Gold both times, I might

add. Not in Sydney but in owe add. Not in Sydney but in owe sack

wra and in Athens, I went gold,

full stadium, 70,000 people. On the

weekend, the stadium was a third

full, 35,000 of the 95,000 they're

expecting and that can fit

that and the atmosphere on the

track was incredible. When they say,

"In lane 3, Kurt Fearnley," they

didn't stop cheering. I think didn't stop cheering. I think I'd

pee my pants in that situation.

Absolutely. That's why I'm an

athlete. It's the best feeling,

when everybody, you know, that

35,000 people and when the Games

come, 95,000 people are looking at you and they're wondering what's

going to happen. I find that's THE

moment. You guys are genuinely -

you're genuinely a chance tour gold

and you're absolutely in with a

chance for a medal? I think so. I

think everyone's got a chance. I'd

be happy with any kind of medal or

PB. How expensive is it to get

there? It's - Not only that, how

expensive is it to train? Where do

you get the money? You've got to

get backing to not only train and

get professional - There's get professional - There's no

Government subsidy for you. On a

personal level, every single

athlete has to raise endless

amounts of dollars to get there. amounts of dollars to get there. On

a team wise, the Australian

Paralympic committee are supported

by the Federal Government but the

Australian Paralympic team need to

raise $3.5 million it get the team

to Beijing. It's every four years

we need to raise that target and I

think - That's a lot of money.

We're on our way but we're

We're on our way but we're not there yet. Absolute lieutenantly.

We want everyone to get out there

to jump on this. We need money,

don't we? There are events. On 16

June we have a musical send-off June we have a musical send-off in

Sydney. We're getting some of

Australia's best performers out on

the night to entertain those that

are wanting to support the Australian Paralympic committee.

Good stuff. Before we go - can I

ask you, training, how often do you

train? What does it involve? I

train twice a day, Monday to Friday

and most Saturdays. It involves

track-session running, and then a

gym and then track session and

swimming. You swap it up a bit.

From what you remember of running

before you lost your leg, how

different is it now? A lot

different. It takes so much more

energy. I could ran around a track

endless times but not now on a

prosthetic legs. And concentration.

Having to think about where Having to think about where your

arms and legs are going. With two

legs, you run. I hate to ask you -

how do you train? Don't tell me you

do 40km a day? It's 35km in the

chair twice a day, six days a week

and you knock out about 35km a day.

You're both extraordinary. Before

we go, Kelly we need to clear up

one thing because there have been

wild allegations of abuse of

animals in your house. Because you

do have a 3-legged Burmese but it's

actually a really - it's a lovely

story. When I got out of hospital

from my operation, my dad and mum

bought me a Burmese cat because I

love cats and it was fine for love cats and it was fine for a

year and then the day before - the

anniversary of my operation, the

day before, my cat had some sort of

accident. We weren't sure what

happened but its bones were poking

through its leg and we took it to

the vote and he said, "We can fix

it, put a metal rod in there." And

the next day, "They rang up and

said, we're going to have to

amputate your cat's leg." On the

anniversary? The exact day. And I

got the cat for a present coming

out of hospital, it was strange.

There's no truth that it's going to

the feline Paralympics? No. Best of

wishes to you both. Good luck to

you and we encourage everyone to

get behind the Paralympic team and

support them. That's right.

support them. That's right. That

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Kim and I were incensed when we

read about the maximum carers'

payment available which was -

Stunned, weren't we? We mentioned

it in the chat earlier it's $275 a

week, roughly and we were talking

to Maria Bo'han from - the CEO from

Carers Victoria. She made a

mistake. She said it was $500

we've had a number of notes we've had a number of notes from

people. "Just a note to say people. "Just a note to say the

carer's payment is closer to $500

per fortnight and," and he's

included centre link, - She was

mortified when she realised she

said the wrong thing. Rest assured

we had the correct information. But

the point is it's still below the

poverty line. Hopelessly inadequate.

That's the best explanation. After

the break - parents pestering

Parliament to prohibit junk food

advertising pestering children.

Clearly not content with just one

in four Australian children being

overweight, manufacturers of

high-sugar and high-fat foods have

decided to blitz children's

television-viewing huers with junk

food ads. Consequently, parents are

nagged by kids to buy the stuff but

parents have finally been pushed

over the edge. Community group the

Parents' Jury has been backing a

campaign to push junk food ads off

our screens during children's TV

time. The idea has been placed

under the spotlight at an

international meeting of international meeting of the world

Health Authority. We're joined Health Authority. We're joined by Jacqui Beighan.

What is the Parents' Jury? The

Parents' Jury is an online forum

for parents. It's giving them a

voice about children's food and activity in Australia. So parents

wanting to improve the food and

activity environment of children.

What's the ultimate aim of the

Parents' Jury? Basically to do

that - to create awareness about

some of the problems and also to

give parents that opportunity to

sort of stand up and say, "We need

to do something here." From there do you intend to hassle Government

to get this changed? Absolutely.

Which raises question - is it

Government's role or is it the role

of the parents to control what they

eat and what they watch on TV? It's

interesting. I think it's a dual

role and a dual responsibility.

Absolutely, children are responsibilities but at the same

time as a society, I think, we have

a role to play in protecting

children and Government certainly

comes into that. It's something

that we need to look at here. It's

not just about what parents should

or shouldn't do. I know the

argument is the parents surely are

the ones who are buying the food.

It's up to them not to buy that

sort of food. I can see that may

work when your kids are little work when your kids are little but

as soon as they've got their own

pocket money, they're still being

influenced by that junk food

advertising. They definitely are.

It's not always that easy. They're

bombarded by these messages all the time. Our children grow newspaper a

very consumer society. Before they

can even walk, they're being pushed

around shopping centres and

consumerism is part of their consumerism is part of their lives

and these advertising messages are

extremely powerful and I think it's

about time we sort of said no

we need to start protecting

children from them as much as we

can. What about your own experience

with your own children? Have you

seen their reaction to these seen their reaction to these ads?

What is their reaction? Definitely.

You know, it's always about, "The

ad says this, or that, or whatever."

In our family we very much try to

teach our children about what

advertising is about and trying advertising is about and trying to

get to the message behind what

they're saying but it's not always easy because children are vulnerable. My kids vulnerable. My kids sometimes

believe what they read or see and

you have to try to get beneath that

and that's not always easy. Also

the point is most parents will give

their kids some kind of a junk food

item at some stage. There are very

few parents, I would guess , have never given their children

something like that but children

don't understand that it's an

occasional thing when they're

seeing those images all the time

and that's all they're seeing. That

then makes it appear to them as

though that's what they should eat

every day. That's right. The

difficulty for parents - because a

lot of people say to us when we

bring up this topic, you know,

parents just need to say no. But

parents do say no but they have

say no again and again and again

and again and again and again. And

it's really unfair because it's

putting, you know, intolerable

strain on the parental-child

relationship for a start. But you

know what it's like as parents

yourself how difficult it can to be

saying no all the time. I'm also

bothered by the fact that as soon

as you go through the check-out

they're lined with lollies on

either side. That's another thing

that the Parents' Jury is looking

at. We're looking at a 50%

reduction in - we want 50% of

aisles in supermarkets to be

confectionary-free so that it can

be a choice to go through an aisle

so you're not having your child

down there - You can avoid that

aisle. That's That's something the

Parents' Jury is concerned with.

What are you after? Where do you

draw the line? Where to you say,

"That item is junk food but that isn't." The World Health

Organisation actually have a

dietary spectrum and that's

something that is, you know, it's a

worldwide - Guideline. Yeah. So

that's not something the parents

have to get into itself. Those

guidelines are there. It's just a

matter of - So it's a level of

high-fat, high-sugar. Yeah, they're

the ones of great concern. High fat,

high salt, high sugar. You

mentioned the World Health Organisation. They are actively

actively trying to make this issue

or to bring this issue to or to bring this issue to the front

page because we are seeing - it's

not just Australia that has an

obesity epidemic with children.

That's right. It's worldwide so there's an international code that

we're trying it get - we would like

to see the Australian Government

adhere to about the junk food

advertising during children's

television viewing times. Any word

from the Government? Not yet. It's

been in Geneva this week. They've

taken it to the world taken it to the world health

assembly and they're looking at it

there so we're hoping we'll get

some response. We don't know yet.

Given that these are massive

international corporations and

there's massive money in this advertising, what do you

realistically expect? We did it

with tobacco, you know? We did it

with tobacco and it was very

effective and it's the aim sort effective and it's the aim sort of

scenario - masses of amounts of

money and influence. And if we

could do it with tobacco, why not

with food? A decade ago, no-one

could have imagined it would be

banned from restaurant and pubs. Or

even the TV and magazine

advertisements that don't exist any

more. And people stopped smoking.

A lot of people still smoke but a

lot of people stopped. It's the

same with this. I don't see why we

can't do it. What's the main gripe

from parents online? What's the

biggest problem? I think it's the

underhanded way the advertising

industry get to their children? You

know, through using characters,

celebrities, the free giveaways,

you know, so many advertisements.

It's not just about the food, it's

about what you get when you get the

food. The cartoon character that

goes with it. Or the free toy and

the children want them, especially

if they're collector's ones, so you don't go once so you're don't go once so you're brought

back again and again and that makes

it really difficult and I think

that's what parents get really

upset about because they feel like,

on one hand, neither getting all

these messages - children are

getting overweight, they're not

healthy, you should be feeding them

better all the messages they're

trying to get across are being

undermineded. There's almost a

treat for eating something

unhealthy. That's right, yeah. We

know they blitz children's TV

viewing hours but it also ekes into

family viewing hours. I'm just

wondering is there a compromise

position here. Is there a position

you take whereby you say you hope

they ban it from exclusive

children's TV viewing hours and

allow it when the family is sitting

down? Do you go for a compromise

position or do you want to wipe it

out altogether? We're asking from

6am to 9 pm because a lot of

children watch TV right up to 9 pm

and whilst we can say family

viewing times, at least the parents

are there and they can respond and

talk to the children about the ads,

the reality is it doesn't really

happen. We want to just get rid of

it altogether and take that

pressure away. We talk about the pestering power of this

advertising so they get into the

children's head and the children

are just hassling you in the

supermarket - how are we going to

react when we replace junk food

advertising with healthy food

advertise and they're pestering us

for healthy food. Will we be happy

about that? I'd be ecstatic. Grab

an apple today. I'll have this

conversation with the two of you in

10 years time. I guarantee parents

would be ecstatic at the thoughts

of a kid asking for another apple

or carrot stick. There's a or carrot stick. There's a further

issue too, isn't there? It's the

issue of school tuckshops. If we

manage to ban junk food

advertising, we should - should we

ban junk food at school tuckshops?

At the point of sale? That's

another area that the Parents' Jury

look at because it's one of the

greatest concerns of parents is the

poor food that is available in

school canteens. So we're trying to

have parents become advocates have parents become advocates in

their own school to try and rally

for some sort of change in school

canteens. You know, I don't really

like the word 'banning' junk food in

canteens. I think it's better canteens. I think it's better to

say, "Let's try and bring in some

yummy food that the kids will like."

Make positive messages, do things

throughout the school so children

are learning in a positive way.

It's not just we're taking away

hot dogs and chips but it's more

about what we can replace it with.

If they're used to eating a fruit

salad at ast opposed to lollipops

and chips, that's what they'll

enjoy. It's about what we give and what opportunities we give them

to enjoy that. How do people join

your forum? Go straight online to

parentsjury.organise.au and it's

free to join so long as your the

parent or guardian of a child under

18. It's lots of fun. You get

information about things that are

happening worldwide and locally.

There's a massive amount of

information there for parents as to

what they can do to stand up and

say enough. Good work. Go hard.

Good to meet you. Thank you. We'll

be back with more after this. In this technological age we live in, you'd think someone would have applied a bit of science to dusting.

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