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(generated from captions) a late shower for Hobart. Tomorrow will be mostly fine, about the ranges but isolated showers and storms later in the afternoon. could drift into the western suburbs though, It should stay fine in the east,

Rising to 24 degrees in the west. with tops climbing into the low 20s.

25 at Penrith,

and 19 in the mountains. the catchment areas tomorrow, Those showers are expected to reach

hopefully bringing about 5-10mm. not enough to make a difference. They've had 30mm all up this week - has taken the total capacity to 66. A drop of 0.1% Looking ahead - on Saturday, and 24. we could get a brief shower or two of the weekend - sunny and 25. Sunday looks like the pick ahead of a late change. Warming up on Monday Pollen levels dropping to medium. for this Thursday. And that's Seven News I'm Ian Ross. Next on 'Today Tonight' the crash test case in an accident. that's put every driver on notice That's coming up now with Anna. our biggest mystery. Tonight - scientists explore Thanks, Ian.

What they've discovered and the other side. about near-death experiences

The secret life of Todd McKenney.

with the country's busiest star. Spend a chaotic day behind the scenes Good evening. There's about to be a court case every one of us who drives, which will have an effect on

wealthiest involving the nation's biggest, and a widow. and most powerful transport group one of its trucks Toll is suing her for damage to in an accident, which killed her husband if not legal line, crossing an ethical, in pursuit of money. Clare Brady has the story. Hell - pure hell -

there's no other way to describe it. that's a fair assessment. Through this widow's eyes,

I've got to the stage in my life I'm working like a robot where if I'm not crying, because of what's going on. Hugh Nellis was killed Michelle Ayres's husband

into a Toll-owned logging truck when his car ran head-on near Wangaratta last year, the Victorian coroner finding on the wrong side of the road. he'd been driving No-one knows why. involved in a motor vehicle accident Originally I was told that he'd been involving a semitrailer. onto the wrong side of the road I later found out that he veered at the scene of the accident. and had died instantly And that's when the nightmare began. As the administrator of his estate, by the trucking company she was hunted involved in the fatal smash -

transport logistics game, Toll. the giant in the Toll's operations are massive. It operates out of our ports that rivals most in the world. and has freight muscle set its sights on this widow. Despite that, the giant the mentality of Toll. I can't work out my solicitors If they'd approached myself, and said we need to find out about insurance, "We need to discuss this, "we need to find out what we can" this way then maybe it would have ended up but to make no approach at all with a summons, saying other than to turn up "Be in the County Court". Michelle a sympathy card. The trucking company didn't send send this 2-page letter. It had its lawyers On the first page, a brief expression of compassion. On the second, down to business - Michelle's husband was killed that the accident in which

to its truck cost Toll almost $95,000 in damages and nearly $70,000 in lost earnings being fixed. while it was off the road for the $200,000 it claims it lost. Toll is taking her to court

How exhausting is all this for you? It's gone past exhausting. why people get to the point I can understand and go. where they just want to pack up

explains Queen's Counsel David Galbally this isn't as strange as it sounds. It's not unusual for it to happen for a person to sue an estate because there is a legal right has suffered loss where that individual or the company Well, Toll is a public company, in the order of $100,000 it's suffered a loss to its shareholders and it's got a responsibility when it can recover them to ensure that it recovers losses Toll's chief Paul Little lives here. It's a mansion called Coonac in Melbourne's salubrious Toorak. set on more than a hectare

and six bathrooms - It has seven bedrooms to Michelle's - a vastly different existence

on a disability pension. the struggling widow But despite that, and this man's company the laws - the law wants every cent it's owed. $3,000 a day loss of earnings, that sort of money I'd love to be able to earn determined to go to court. Toll wouldn't comment today, David and Goliath battle? Have you got what it takes for this I just can't fight them. to fight them anymore. I don't have the energy can't get their head around it, solicitors taking on a widow, The big public company like Toll David and Goliath it certainly does look like they have the legal right to do it. but unfortunately When you do see a Toll truck,

physically? how does it make you feel for a couple of reasons. Physically it makes me sick anguish, And adding to her if her late husband was insured. Michelle doesn't know he wasn't injured. The guy had time off work, he's still got his job, He's got on with his life, Toll's got their truck, millions of dollars a day. they're still earning is have a home and live in it All I want to be able to do and be left alone.

Michelle clings to hope, her front door

and that of Toll's boss. Two very different concepts of a pot of gold. Clare Brady reporting. have always involved fences, Neighbourhood disputes barking dogs and noisy parties. Now they seem to be about flags, and in this case, the Australian flag was offensive an individual who complained to a city council

for a planning loophole which seems to have gone searching to back up the complaint. Gavin Alder on a former soldier who raised the flag and has no intention of taking it down. It seems our flag is under attack on many fronts. I've served under that flag

and I'll fight to the death for the right to fly it.

Remember 72-year war veteran Ian Garwood's battle after a neighbour complained about his daily flag raising? The day after Australia Day the council rang me to say that they've had a complaint and I was flabbergasted. It was apparently a tit-for-tat complaint made to the Launceston Council - a get-square after Ian fired off his own objections about a building development. Then the organisers of the music festival the Big Day Out got more than they bargained for when they tried to ban Aussie flags at this year's event. Australian! Australia! ..with pride! No-one's going to make me roll over and lie down. Fly my flag. We live in the best country in the world. Support it. Now it's Aaron Wilson's turn to fly the flag for flag flying. A former soldier himself, his father and both grandfathers served overseas. My father carried the Australian flag in the inaugural welcome home parade for the Vietnam veterans in '86. Aaron's been told a neighbour complained to the Logan City Council that they were offended by the flag. Which I find upsetting. If someone had an issue or any reason to do with the flag, someone could've knocked on the door and said "Hey, mate, I've got a problem with it. "Can we have a chat?" But that didn't happen.

I was just told by the council It's been seen as offensive and it's coming down. This is Australia. I'd say anyone who is offended by the Australian flag should hang their head in shame and maybe they should not be living in Australia. Logan Mayor Pam Parker says the real issue is safety. Aaron's flag pole is too close to his boundary and therefore poses a risk to people using the footpath. It should be 6m from the boundary and it's 4.5m. Now, the issue with Aaron's flag might well be one of public safety,

There are 3 flagpoles that are less

than 2 metres away from where people walk at the council. walk at the council.. walk at the council... The Mayor says she's a big fan of flags and hands them out regularly to schools herself. We are very patriotic and encourage our residents to fly the Australian flag proudly. Perhaps she can sense which way the wind of public opinion is blowing. All you have to do is talk to Aaron's neighbours. As soon as I heard about the controversy over the flag pole, I thought in support of my neighbour and my country, I'd bring it down. I'm proud to see it there and if I had the money, I'd have one. And if they take his down, I'll put one up. It seems to be a very patriotic part of Australia. There are flags everywhere. What do you make of someone complaining about a neighbour flying a flag? I think they should get a life. I can't imagine any Australian telling another Australian to take it down. Why would they? It seems un-Australian. It does - very un-Australian. Look, if we have to do it, I'll camp next to the pole to stop someone pulling it down. The council says it has no plans to remove Aaron's flag. In this instance, what goes up doesn't have to come down. Neighbours in Aaron's street are rallying around, saying they'll put up their own flags, defying the council over its ban. When respectable journals like 'New Scientist' talk about parallel universes as a fact, then you know something has changed in the world, even on an issue like NDEs - near-death experiences - where not every scientist is convinced

it can all be explained away by medicine. David Richardson reports on a worldwide survey that tries to get answers to the ultimate question. You're just awestruck. You can't be prepared. You have no way you can be prepared to see this. For all of us, this is the final frontier and humankind's greatest mystery. Do we simply cease to exist with our last breath or is there more to life than this? Tens of millions of people around the world believe they have the answer after undergoing something called near death experience, or simply NDE. When I think about it, yes, I did see lights on two occasions. But whether it was lights or brightnesses as what I usually call them on two occasions, yes. Danny Catz is arguably the luckiest man on the planet. He suffered a massive heart attack and died 29 times in just two hours. Dead, brought back, dead, then alive again. My husband's actually got more lives than a cat, and with a surname of Catz I think that is certainly ironic. Danny's is not your run-of-the-mill NDE but something happened to him -

something he just can't explain. People ask me, I've come back or I've come back from the other side. I don't know if I was ever on the other side. The brightnesses, were they the oncoming train in the proverbial tunnel? I don't know. And was it coincidence this NDE and multiple deaths occurred 10 years to the day his wife Evelyn survived her own brush with death at the Maccabean Games in Israel where a bridge collapsed and four people died. She came home. I've got to say that sometimes you've got to say to yourself, 10 years to the day she survived her incident,

I survived something that I shouldn't have survived so you've got to ask yourself is there a coincidence and if so, what is the coincidence? Yeah, there's a coincidence.

Can all of you be wrong and it's simply in your mind? No. I have a lot of trouble with why people need to be sceptical. I am not interested in having it explained. Was your NDE real? Yes, totally.

Wendy Orr is the author of the children's book, now Hollywood movie,

'Nim's Island'. 17 years ago, she died in a car accident and had an experience that changed her life. I was aware of going up a tube. I didn't see it as a tunnel, it was tight and uncomfortable

and at that point I felt very, very angry. I did not want to die. Wendy had broken her spine, but she refused to go beyond. I think I was on the border. What I believe is that I was on that border that I could have gone either way. So if you'd taken the decision to go to the light you would be dead? That's what I believe, yes. Scientists have completed three comprehensive tests

in the past 10 years to try to get to the bottom of NDEs, to prove they may be hallucinations, not real, dreams induced by drugs. Hallucinations tend to be very disordered experiences and they're nothing like the highly ordered and structured experience that you have with near death experience. Dr Jeff Long is from the International Association for NDE studies. In the documentary 'The Final Frontier'

his group set out to document the millions of NDEs around the world. There is so much more evidence behind,

something more going on with near death experiences, something that is not medically explicable.

But not all NDEs are sweetness and light, love and paradise.

Just ask Ian McCormack. The darkness had an evil presence and cold and encroaching evil pervading the atmosphere. Where am I? Killed by the sting of a poison jellyfish, McCormack remembers everything. A radiant beam of light pierced through the darkness above me. As this light touched my face, I felt an awesome presence go through me and my entire body seemed to lift off the ground and be translated up into this light and radiance. As I'm being drawn up into it,

I looked back over my shoulder and far beneath me I can see the darkness. In fact, near death experiences are the dying experience and that's a scientific fact not an opinion. Dr Melvin Morse believes NDEs are natural and will hit us all eventually. How we see them though may depend on faith. The interpretation of the experience is in dispute. Nevertheless, it's a scientific fact, not a belief system, that we will have this experience when we die. One in 10 Australians believe they've had an NDE while 1 in 5 heart attack victims around the world report an experience beyond their everyday reality. It may take science hundreds more years to explain this so-called Lazarus Phenomenon, but for some, no explanation is necessary. Do you believe there is something after this? I think I do. I've just always felt there has to be some essence of that soul that goes on. People say "Do you feel special?" I don't feel special. I feel privileged that I've been given another chance and I don't want to stuff it up - simple. David Richardson reporting. She's beautiful, talented, a member of one of the world's most recognisable families

and travels the globe raising millions for sick children. And Lauren Bush gives Australia the credit for sparking the idea in the first place. As Sally Obermeder discovered, she's not one of those celebrities of doing charity work because it's a useful career move. (LENNY KRAVITZ'S 'AMERICAN WOMAN' PLAYS) I'm just a normal 24-year-old. I would say she's an A-list person doing the right thing. What do you call him? Um...Uncle George! (LAUGHS) Uncle George is the most powerful man in the world and her grandfather, also George, was once. Another uncle was a State Governor. Her boyfriend also has a famous name - David, last name Lauren. Son of Ralph. She has looks, money and is as down to earth as you'd want.

So did you fly out here on 'Air Force One'? No! (LAUGHS) I wish! No, we flew out on Qantas which was kind of brutal!

She'd spend holidays at the White House but no Oval Office perks here - Lauren is the ultimate celebrity do-gooder.

It's a measurable way for people to give back and do something good by buying a product, the bag. Lauren Bush gave up her modelling career to start FEED Projects. The mission - to feed starving children. In 2007, she and business partner Ellen Gustafson began selling the bags around the world. In less than 18 months they've sold enough to donate $5 million to the United Nations World Food Program. Neither afraid to get their hands dirty, roughing it in the world's poorest countries.

Buy a bag, feed a child. Each bag feeds a child in school for one year through the UN World Food Program.

Lauren Bush's well aware the family name has given her the fame she needed to make a fortune. When I was born, my grandfather was already Vice President

so really the whole political scene I've been born into and I kind of grew up in and I feel very blessed. So tell me a bit about the Bush family - what are they really like? We're a very fun bunch - one thing that is very traditional of ours is a backgammon tournament which is very competitive and fierce but very friendly and fun at the same time. The finals are filmed and it's a like a very play-by-play sports announce type thing. That's serious. Yeah, it's very serious - we love backgammon. Just as serious -

Lauren's Aussie visit to promote her bags. I would describe Lauren as very quietly motivated. Vogue editor Kirstie Clements. She's using her connections for something that's really powerful and wonderful. It's no Chanel, more like a trendy grocery bag but celebrities are running with it. Marcia Cross, for example, read about it in a magazine. Reece Witherspoon also has a bag. There's also been support from former first lady Lauren's grandma Barbara Bush. She's been a big promoter. What about Grandma - did she pay for hers? Of course. We don't gift it. I mean, it's really meant to be, you know, to do what it says it's going to do. And despite the genes, she has no hunger for politics. Do you think you'd ever be interested in a career in politics? No. No chance? Still, we had to ask. Any thoughts on Sarah Palin? Oh, God! (LAUGHS) It's so funny - I have to say I didn't realise how closely Australians were really following this election. Yeah, I mean, she's obviously an interesting pick but we'll see. (LAUGHS) And the deal-breaker - McCain or Obama? Oh, God! (LAUGHS) Everyone has asked that.

Just wink if it's McCain. (BOTH LAUGH) Lauren Bush, very much running her own race. You know, my name is not on the bag, it's not on the tag, it's not the Lauren show.

It's really about FEED and what we are trying to do.

And good luck to her. Doing wonderful work. When we come back, the man who's re-defined work.

Todd McKenney is the most versatile man in the entertainment industry. The sometimes controversial star is holding down three jobs. Sophie Hull tried to keep up with him, for a day. Dancing critic, actor, singer, dancer, breakfast radio chatterbox. This is a day in the life of the busiest man in showbiz. You're leaning on that microphone like... It's my pillow. Tired. I've been up for five hours, and today I've got a matinee so I'll go straight through until 11:00 tonight. I get Todd first thing in the morning.

I think I do get Todd at the best time of the day. He's always really cheerful. He just gets more and more cranky as the day wears on, really. Todd's radio partner, Sonia Kruger, also rises and shines every morning at 3:30. They man the microphones until 9am.

Is it nice to have someone to take your cranky mood out on in the mornings? Yeah! This is like a marriage. A dysfunctional marriage. Clocking off from job number one. I'm going to hit job number two. At 9:30, he's already put in a full day's work, but Todd's mammoth day is only a third of the way through. My car has been my rehearsal room. I turn my radio brain off, and I rehearse my songs as I go to work and I've really learned the show in the car, really.

# You were always on my mind. # Todd was already doubling up on the employment front. Sundays are devoted to his long-standing role as 'Mr Nasty' on 'Dancing with the stars'. It was too hard for him. He was like a loose cannon, flying all over the room. There was no control. You've got to control him. Control him. He's a loose cannon out there.

A few months, ago he was approached to star in the farewell season

of 'Priscilla: Queen of the Desert - The Musical'.

Despite his already full dance card, he agreed to take on a leading role in eight energy-packed shows a week for a 12-week run.

I couldn't believe it when they asked me to do it. There wouldn't have been any other show that I would have put myself through this for. Time for a quick disco nap. It's not very showbiz, is it? Not very glamorous. But I tell you what, it works. Goodnight. I'll see you in an hour. Refreshed, and ready for a warm-up.

Theatre is, yeah, my anchor and I haven't done a big show like this for a long time, so it's taken me a little while to get back into the swing of the rehearsal situation and working in a big company again. I guess you've told your family and friends not to expect to hear from you for a while. Exactly that. I've got friends texting me saying "We miss you. Where are you?" I say, "I'll see you in a few months."

I get 2,000 people applauding me every time I walk on stage. It's a good day at the office. Yes. That would have to boost your energy levels. It does. It helps. Dr Theatre, we call it. It's going to be a little bit of fun at the end of my day. I mean, everything I do is fun, but I get to wear these things. Oh, that.

That's my embarrassing clothes, that one.

That's pretty, yeah! There's not a lot of mystery left of myself when I wear that. And I open the show in that... Oh, very Australian. ..which is very Australian. Showtime, and it's the matinee -

the first of two performances for the day. Another exhilarating finale, but he's still only two thirds of his way through the day. 13 hours, and I've got another - and I'll go and have a sleep now for an hour or two, and then I'll kick in again at 7:00.

And this is day one of 12 weeks. What have I done? That's showbiz! # But I'll survive

# I will survive. # And if you're awake Todd, we admire the stamina. Still ahead, the arthritis painkiller that works. VOICEOVER: The Liberals are divided and desperate, and have wasted the last four years fighting each other and dumping leaders. They've lost sight of the very people they're meant to represent - the people of Canberra. They can't even govern themselves, let alone the ACT.

And the Liberals even had the hide to ask for a bigger pay rise during all their bitter backstabbing. Imagine what these characters will do if they ever get into office! Canberra deserves better.

We wish we could tell you the Liberals' plans for health, education, environment and community services, but their unknown and inexperienced leader is just offering quick short-term political fixes. Liberals - they're just not ready for government. Don't risk it.

Some of the biggest names in Australian sport are convinced they're being saved by an arthritis treatment. And they're not paid one cent to endorse it. Tomorrow night, why they swear by it. The product works and I just want to get the word out there. This is the one that I've used for seven years because it works. Are you being paid to say this? Not at all. Nuh. I'll try anything once to make the body feel OK and it works, yeah. That's tomorrow night. Thanks for your company. I'm Anna Coren. Enjoy your evening. Bye for now. Supertext Captions by Red Bee Media Australia www.redbeemedia.com.au

VOICEOVER: Previously on Home and Away... (SMOKE ALARM BEEPS) (COUGHS) Dad!

Oh, my God. Thank God. Where was he? Yeah, he turned up at our place. Thanks again. We really owe you. I'm sorry. I... I don't know why I did that. It's alright, Dad. I thought you were going to have a little lie down for a while. Rubes and I can handle this, can't we?