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(generated from captions) Welcome to A Current Affair. Hello, I'm Tracy Grimshaw. First tonight - struggles to control his weight, like many Australians, Stephen Scott will stop him eating. but no amount of willpower He's one of a small number of people a rare genetic disorder who suffer from called Prader-Willi syndrome. have overturned that decision. they have reviewed your case and in a life that's known very little. so happy, really good. especially my twin bro. far from home, Stuck in an aged-care facility eating himself to death - Stephen Scott has been the curse of a rare disorder. he's 36 years old? Why is he in a nursing home, a series of things happened - I know, it's sort of where he was living alone in a flat because of finances having minimal care and he had a stroke. and he couldn't be woken. And they found him the next morning of Prader-Willi syndrome, That stroke was the result gives suffers a ravenous hunger. a genetic disorder that And they never, ever, feel full. and I have food For example, when you have food to tell you you're finished your brain shuts but my brain won't shut off. Yes You just keep eating? has it too. Stephen's identical twin, Kris, everything you wanted all the time, What would happen if you just ate where would you end up? Six foot underground. limited intellectual capacity, Both have disability support services. but neither qualified for and the IQ test turned out They did an IQ test what it should have been a couple of points above to be on the other pension. Two How many IQ points? for disability support? He was two IQ points too high Both of them were, both were, yeah. Stephen went to a nursing home So, after his stroke isn't possible. where full supervision At 5'1" - he's 137kg. at home, weighs 30kg less. His twin, who gets full supervision This is a matter of life and death. to watch that? What is that like as a mum so helpless. It's painful because you feel have been at their wits' end. The twin's parents, dawn and Ray about two IQ points A bureaucrat's technicality without proper care has left their sons in serious medical danger. and in Stephen's case, some good news Bet you would really like to hear Yeah, I would. I've got some good news. What's that? they have reversed their decision. We have spoken to the DOHS today and Isn't that wonderful! disability support services He's going to get and that may include accommodation. That's great! Thanks...sorry. getting this news. A bit overwhelming 'cos I'm so happy! Not crying 'cos I'm sad, That's a great result - under one let's hope the family can be back roof in time for Christmas. to keep our cars on the road, Each year we pay a fortune and fuel - Registration, taxes then there's insurance. and of course number of Australians are Unfortunately though, an increasing driving uninsured and unlicensed. leave you injured, Their decision could not only it could also send you broke. yourself? Do you have nothing to say for No. What about sorry? Well I've got something to say you. You ought to be ashamed of yourself. You have just about ruined my life. red light, minding my own business, I was here at this set of lights, and just this tremendous whack. no warning What's the last thing you remember? in my neck and down my back. Terrible, terrible pain left of my car, a little souvenir. Yeah, that's mine. That's what's of an accident It's a pathetic and painful reminder grandmother Lynette Dickens. that has crushed Frankston to recover from it financially. and I don't know how I'm going I can't afford to do that. I'm going to have to get a new car. I don't feel comfortable doing that. I have to go to work. I'm sure he doesn't even realise it. It's just had a huge impact and He's uninsured, unlicensed. The motoring menace is Paul Psaila. is considering charges Now Victoria Police the prescribed alcohol limit, of exceeding and careless driving. driving while disqualified I'm horrified, absolutely horrified. out there like that, you hear that there are people to his home in Melbourne's west We tracked Paul down he's still behind the wheel. and guess what - from A Current Affair. Paul, hi. It's Elise Mooney the woman you crashed into. We're just here with Lynette, Hello. Do you think you should be driving? aren't you? I think you're disqualified, for yourself? Have you got anything to say the same since you crashed into her. This woman's life has not been and you are - You shouldn't be driving with a child in the car. you're driving I've got no comment. Are you going to pay my bills? financially? Are you going to help me myself and I can't do it Because you've left me to manage it you didn't even come to the car, and I was injured and to see how I was. you didn't even come What about covering her bills? What about an apology? Turn the camera off. Why don't you come out and face her? if you turn the camera off. I will face her that owns a car My advice to everybody David Galbally, QC, has this warning If you have third-party insurance and they have been drinking and someone crashes into you and they don't have insurance - third-party insurance. you're not covered by your Did you have car insurance? I had third-party fire and theft, that if soemone hits you It is wrong to assume will have insurance and they are at fault, that they always the case. because, clearly, that is not as I'm finding out. but her giving doesn't stop there. Lynette is a palliative care nurse, She helps care for her daughter, with multiple sclerosis. who has been diagnosed She's a great person. and very helpful. She's very caring and loving She also looks after her elderly parents. I'vr given my adult working life to nursing. and at the end of the day there is nobody to support me and that is how I feel. What would make you happy at the moment? What do you need? Um...a genie. How about a free car? You serious? Hello, Lynette. I'm Eddie from Melbourne's Cheapest Cars. These are the keys to your new car. You serious? You serious? I don't know what to say. Thank you so much. that the driver will be summonsed on drink-driving and other charges. At least Lynette is now back on the road. Here in Australia, it's so important that children learn how to swim from an early age. Right around the country, mums and dads make the effort, But one one community has lost that option - the doors have closed on a facility that's been there for 20 years, and no-one seems to know why. Mr Huxley? Chris Allen from A Current Affair. Can we ask you some questions about what's going on here? but property manager Chris Huxley isn't happy to explain why. Can you explain to the parents and children here why the swim school is closing? Come on, don't run away. You're a coward. That's all you've done. I was upset and I was angry. I didn't see that it was necessary. I want to cry. I don't want them to shut down. I don't want to take her anywhere BUT here. The swim school has been here for 20 years. Eve Fraser has run it for the last five years. This guy's just - he's been unreasonable and it's unfair. It's wrong. It's wrong. There are people going to lose their jobs, families who won't have anywhere to take the kids for swimming lessons. Have a look at all the disabled kids in there right now. There's a whole school of kids there with special needs. There isn't another person qualified in this area to do it. There's nobody else that's gonna do it. Are you going to sleep at nights? You don't have a conscience, do you? Eve specialises in teaching kids with special needs and she has plenty of families depending on her. 'Cause it's just the best place to be, so not only am I gonna lose a job out of it, I've also lost where my daughter's gonna swim and she only likes to swim for Eve. Seem fair to you? No, definitely not - not to the parents, not to the children and not to the staff who work here. They're dedicated and this is absolutely devastating. New owners took over the building last December and now they're refusing to renew Eve's lease, even though she says she's always paid the rent on time and spent thousands renovating. When we came in here, we signed a lease with a 5-year option, which was due to start yesterday. We exercised that option and they won't let us keep going and that's just bloody-minded to me. We painted that place, we did everything. We bought that place up to a standard So, Mr Huxley, you have nothing to say to Eve or us? You can't explain why this is happening? Nothing to say. You've got a story to run, run your story. Eve says she's repeatedly requested a meeting with the owner of the building, but so far he's refused. She's even offered to pay six months rent in advance, but that's been knocked back as well. Now the agent has told her to stop holding classes immediately and get out of the building within two weeks. When they walk through the door today, that's the first that most people are gonna find out what's going on and that's when I'll lose it. What's worse, the local council has told Eve it will be months, if ever, before she gets approval to open elsewhere. I know, it's gonna be harder for the kids than it is for us, I think. We're closing down. Oh, no! And we don't know where the kids are gonna go. We've offered you 6 or 12 months rent to give us a bit of time to find a new place and you refuse to take our money. At the very least, can you do that? Can you let them stay until Christmas so the kids can finish their swimming lessons? Is that an unreasonable demand? Just keep coming. How much do I pay you? Nothing, just keep coming till we shut the doors. Just keep coming. Eve says she's now not charging people for lessons and has scheduled extra classes to make sure everyone gets what they paid for. He just says it's a business transaction. How's that sit with you? It might be to him, but it's not to us. 'Bye, all. So you don't feel guilty about what's going on here? You've nothing to say to Eve? All she wants to know is some answers. These kids are going to have nowhere else to go for a swimming lesson. her son fell in the pool on the weekend and he went straight back to the side. That's a child that could have drowned last weekend. How do you put a value on that, put a dollar on that? You can't. And if you have a problem in your local community, we'd like to hear about it - give us a call or simply send an email. Today, her reported diva demands on Ritchie have everybody talking. (Sings) # Papa, don't preach... # # I'm in trouble deep # # Papa don't preach # If papa doesn't preach, mama certainly does... MADONNA: This is for the emotionally retarded... While Madonna continues her Sticky and Sweet tour in the US, her split with Guy Ritchie is getting very sticky and there's nothing sweet about it. Wouldn't you like to know what's going on in my mind? Each and every day, it just gets bloodier and meaner. # No one's going to stop me, now # The 'queen of pop' has allowed their two boys, Rocco and David, to fly to London to see their dad, but as showbiz guru Richard Reid tells us, the kids' visit comes with strict instructions. This email was sent by one of Madonna's minions to Guy Ritchie's assistant and somehow there was a leak along the way. In the email, Madonna reportedly demands: Madonna is renowned for being a germaphobe, so the kids' hands must be cleaned with disinfectant if in public places. Sorry, boys, no cowboys and Indians. And there are bedtime rules too - Ritchie must read David the 'English Roses' books, written by Madonna's favourite author - herself. And they lived happily ever after... ..Maybe not. Madonna and Guy Ritchie announced their 8-year marriage was over last month. Relationship psychologist Marilyn Alberston says the Material Girl's demands are her way of keeping control. It could be she is doing this in anger against Guy for things he's done in their relationship. and she feels like she has lost out so she is trying to have control around it. In the celebrity world, We all take chances when you get married. Children can become pawns. ALEC BALDWIN ON PHONE: You are a rude, thoughtless little pig! Madonna and Guy's is the biggest and nastiest public divorce since Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills. High-profile attorney Gloria Allred says it's not surprising - Madonna is using the same solicitor as Sir Paul. Usually people want to fight power with power. Ritchie is fighting back. His lawyer secured Britain's biggest-ever divorce settlement of $112 million. It's always better, if parties can resolve the issues themselves rather than spending a lot of money on lawyers notching it up and going for full-scale warfare. Snapped on the weekend, the strain of the divorce is taking its toll on the queen of pop. I think the tour is taking its toll and I think this divorce is really doing a number on her. # I'm ready to jump # Madonna is said to have offered her husband $12 million to give up his legal fight for custody of the children. but more importantly, more of a say when it comes to the kids. # ..are you ready... # For more information on Madonna and her demands, visit our website. We're now spending more time at work than any previous generation. It's not unusual for some of us to be working more than 50 hours a week. So with that much time invested in one place, is it possible to actually enjoy being there? One Australian firm thinks they've found the answer. # Dance with me... # Believe it or not, this is just another hard day at the office for workers at software company Tech One. Here, the 9-5 grind includes free meals, roving entertainers, ice-creams, computer games and did I mention lots of fun? # Oh, oh, oh Set your kitchen on fire. # But it gets better - while other companies are cutting staff, this dream employer has 250 more dream jobs on offer. So as you can see, we've got the desks ready and waiting for people to come. We've got over 250 jobs to fill and we're looking for people who work in computing, consulting, administration - there's a lot of different jobs. If we're currently in the midst of an economic crisis, it seems no-one's told Technology One. Here, they're undergoing unprecendented growth and according to executive chairman Adrian de Marco, they're desperate to attract young, tech-savvy Gen Y employees. Gen Y are a really interesting generation. They're a generation that really want to be excited, they want to have fun and they also want to be challenged, so it's important to bring all those things together. Ice-cream, sir? Here, 'fun' is certainly what workers get. They can breakfast and shower at the office. There's also flexible hours, long-service leave after just five years, company-sponsored sporting teams and special theme days where young graduates get to, well, network. conducive to creativity and new ideas. Some people do think it would distract people from their job. but we've found the exact opposite - people come in early, they work late. They're really passionate and committed about working in this place, so we actually find that it encourages people to work better. What's best part of working here? I think it's definitely the team spirit and team mentality. Everyboy's upbeat - everyone loves getting out of bed and coming to work in the morning. There are very tangible benefits for the company as well. Staff turnover here is about 50% lower than in other businesses of this type and if you look at us as a company, we're a publicly listed company and we have shareholders we have to account for, but our return on equity, which is a key measure actually puts us in the top 50 of all Australian companies. # Shake some buns tonight... # So if your workplace is suddenly looking a little old and tired, how do you win this job Lotto? We're looking for people that really are passionate, people that really want to make a difference with their life, people that want to be part of something that's growing very fast and want to grow with it. One word of advice - just make sure you can limbo. WOMAN: I can guarantee you won't be disappointed if you come to work with us. And apparently, the company featured in that story After the break - what your handbag says about you. but apparently, we are also what we wear. According to a new guide, it's possible to say - even at a glance - what sort of personality someone has depending on how they accessorise. Aaaah! It was all about shoes a while ago, and if you've got the killer handbag - you've got it. I always say the place to hang a hat is on a hatstand. For centuries, mostly men and some women have been pondering one question - what do women want? Now, it seems, the answer has been sitting on their shoulders all along. it's all about the decision process on a subconscious level. Why you pick that bag versus another one. Aussie turned New Yorker Kathryn Eisman knows how to tell a woman by her handbag. She's written the definitive guide and is taking her knowledge to the streets. If I were to look at your handbag - tell me if I'm right or wrong - I would say that it's really quite soft leather, but it has a bit of a hard-core edge to it. Yes, you're totally right, 100%. I would say you're very organised, super-disciplined, punctual, likes to be in control. That's true. She says no matter what colour, shape or size, it's in the bag. One of the ultimate fashionista types in the book would have to be the Hermes Kelly Bag lady. This woman means business. She is groomed within an inch of her life and if you mess with her, you can expect to lose yours. Victoria Beckham is a perfect example of this. you're more organised than a PalmPilot. Carrying an overstuffed bag? An overstuffed bag is saying "My God, give me a more subdued life." Fashion commentator Melissa Hoyer says there's a handful of famous bag ladies leading the way. I think Cameron Diaz, Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss - those three to me really stick out as the women that you look at and think, "Wow, they're wearing that bag. I want it." But if you can't afford a celebrity purse with a celebrity price tag, bag a fake - according to the experts, it'll show you have great taste and spend wisely. That's, like, $3,000! Or $150. Fake. Price doesn't matter at all. $10 - $15 bucks and they look unreal. Real or not, anything Chanel means you're oozing class, but perhaps a little boring. And whether you're carrying your prized possessions or a pup, the Louis Vuitton bag is the ultimate. My very own Louis Vuitton?! When you look at a woman holding a Chanel bag or a Louis Vuitton bag, they know their stuff. It's a real statement piece. It's saying, "I've made it, I'm unashamed of that." Carrying a satin clutch at night? You and Nicole Kidman have more in common than you might ever have thought. She does bring old-world glamour and jazz back into your life, so you have to celebrate her. When I'm tooling around town with that bag, I'll know I've made it. Kathryn's new book, 'How to Tell a Woman by her Handbag' is out now. still to come - a pensioner, looking for parents. VOICEOVER: APIA presents Max Walker's Wise Move. APIA's whole reason for being is to insure people who are over 50 and who are not working full-time. Their insurance is full of extras at no extra cost. And now if you call APIA for an insurance quote, you could win a new Renault Koleos. But hurry - the offer ends this week. So it's a really wise move to give 'em a call right now. SONG: # Wise move, APIA! # VOICEOVER: Dulux Wash & Wear actively repels stains, so it's Australia's favourite washable paint. For more chances to win, ask for a Powerball Megapick. $10 million Powerball jackpot. You could spend the rest of your life.

the pensioner making a pitch for parents. Please adopt me. I'm like a puppy, I've got a lot of love. I could give them a laugh, make a cuppa, do the shopping. Rhonda is doing something I think, in a lot of respects, is very risky. I'm sure there's a lot of people around that feel the same but they're not going to put themselves on the line and feel like a dill. That's our program. Thanks for your company, goodnight. Supertext captions by Red Bee Media Australia. www.redbeemedia.com.au SO, WHAT DO YOU WANT? NACHOS, RED HOTS, MILK DUDS, POPCORN AND A SLUSHY. WHAT ARE YOU DOING, BUILDING AN ASS BOMB? PICK TWO. OKAY, POPCORN AND MILK DUDS. FINE. LARGE POPCORN. OKAY. BUT I'LL STILL NEED A SLUSHY SO I DON'T CHOKE TO DEATH ON A MILK DUD. ALL RIGHT. AND ASK THEM TO PUT NACHO CHEESE ON THE POPCORN. OH, THAT REMINDS ME. I'VE GOT A DATE TONIGHT. THAT REMINDS YOU? YEAH, AND I'M GONNA NEED YOUR HELP. MY HELP? NEXT. HANG ON. UH, A LARGE POPCORN WITH CHEESE, A LARGE SLUSHY AND A JUMBO BOX OF MILK DUDS. YOU WANT ANYTHING? MY TREAT. I'M OKAY. I'LL JUST EAT WHATEVER LANDS ON THE KID'S SHIRT. YOU'RE GONNA GO HUNGRY. THAT'S IT. SO WHAT ABOUT THIS DATE? WELL, SHE'S GOT A FRIEND VISITING FROM OUT OF TOWN.

I SAID, "FINE," YOU KNOW? TWO'S COMPANY. THREE'S A SANDWICH. BUT FOR SOME REASON, SHE INSISTS ON HER FRIEND HAVING HER OWN DATE. SO YOU'RE ASKING ME? YEAH. THE TWO OF US OUT MAKING THE SCENE WITH A COUPLE OF HOT CHICKS? OH, LORD. NEVER MIND. DON'T BE SILLY. IT'LL BE FUN. WE NEVER DOUBLE. THAT'S NOT AN ACCIDENT, ALAN. COME ON. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE? ALL RIGHT, ALL RIGHT. SAVE YOUR BEGGING FOR THE DATE. I NEVER BEG. I GROVEL. OH! I GUESS I'LL HAVE TO FIND A BABY-SITTER FOR JAKE. I DON'T NEED A BABY-SITTER. NOTHING'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO ME. WHO'S WORRIED ABOUT YOU? I'M WORRIED ABOUT MY HOUSE. IT'S $24.50. WHOA. OKAY. OH, GEEZ! WHAT? I WALKED OUT OF THE HOUSE WITHOUT MY WALLET. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? STRANGELY ENOUGH, I CAN. $24.50, PLEASE. HANG ON. I KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. BECAUSE YOU DROVE, IT DIDN'T OCCUR TO ME TO PICK UP MY WALLET. THE ONLY REASON I DROVE WAS BECAUSE YOU SAID YOUR CAR WAS LOW ON GAS. $24.50, PLEASE. JUST A MINUTE. YOU SAID YOU'D PAY FOR PARKING, WHICH NOW YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO DO BECAUSE YOU FORGOT YOUR WALLET. DON'T MAKE A BIG DEAL OF IT. I'LL PAY FOR PARKING NEXT TIME. THAT'S WHAT YOU SAID LAST TIME. YES, BUT THIS TIME I FORGOT MY WALLET. CROWD: $24.50, PLEASE. FINE, I'LL PAY. OOH, YOU KNOW WHAT?

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