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(generated from captions) It's on, like you've never seen - Myer, David Jones, Harvey Norman. the biggest discount war of all. The big names launch Rock-bottom prices. at the cheapest price. Who's selling what 'Junior MasterChef' champion? What's next for the ever be the same? Can going back to school Power cut without warning - living in the dark. the 90-year-old digger Hundreds come forward hit pensioners where it hurts most. as greedy electricity companies the worst power companies named. Tonight,

Pain free - that's helped millions overseas. the breakthrough pocket device Now it's here. of the TGA trials. The incredible results And for 33 years it's been war - longest-running neighbourhood fight what's behind Australia's have never been able to stop them. and why police Hello. Welcome to Today Tonight. She's only 12 years old the kitchen but already she's conquered of a nation. and captured the attention 'Junior MasterChef' winner, But having been crowned now faces even bigger challenges. young Isabella on her new-found fame? How does she capitalise for someone so young? Or is it all too much David Eccleston reports.

kids mini money-makers. He's 12, 'Junior MasterChef' has made these

she's 13. How did they make this?

Their child prodigies. The stuff

they created last night, they put us

to shame. Yet another mountain for

the final two to climb. 12 years, I

was playing with Matchbox cars. It

was a Adriana Zumbo's job to push

these kids to their culinary limit.

-- Adriano Zumbo's. It is hard to

imagine an experienced chef been

able to handle the heat. There's so

many different textures. These kids

can talk and cook better. The 11s

came out. They pulled me aside and I

was able to taste it. It was an 11.

Jack could get a job here? I would

happily have him here any day.

Isabella was crowned winner of

'Junior MasterChef'. A check of

$15,000 to her, $10,000 for him.

Both received a family trip to

Japan. What happens next? A

cookbook, Bern TV Show,

endorsements. Will they make money

all go back to primary school? Neil

Perry believes there are

opportunities down the track but too

often we set expectations too high

for continued fame and fortune on

reality shows after they had enjoyed

a meteoric rise in popularity. Mark

Deane Sind! -- Mark Vincent! It is

getting them to do what they do but

without interfering with the rest of

their life. Clearly they enjoy

cooking a lot but they have a lot to

do before they get sold off. Former

Master Chef. These kids look like

they are Dunholme and good luck to

them. There can be endorsements if

they want it to be. Biscuits are an

advertising dream. -- these kids.

Jason Kelly says shows like

'MasterChef', a 'Australia's Got

Talent' and the X Factor are good

launching pads for the Australian

talent. Child stars fade out because

they do not get the right

representation and lose interest

and, more importantly, they do not

push their link to sponsors. It is

thinking about,, "how can I sell

someone 's product? " looking for

that cross linking. That is an

important aspect for a sustained

Korea. I am so proud of both of

them. I think they have done so

well. The greatest challenge will

come not for the kids but their

parents in dealing with the

temptation of putting money-making

ventures ahead of what is in the

best interest for their child. I

think the risks are huge because

they risk rejection, humiliation and

it's all public. You are Australia

's first ever 'Junior MasterChef'. Well, it's the season to be shopping taking discounting to a new level. because desperate retailers are the major players are involved - It's a retail price war and all the new competition selling online. slashing prices to combat and where are the best deals? So how do you cash in, Jonathan Creek finds out. We'll do anything to get a sale. to be buying for Christmas. It's a pretty good time without the crush. It's Christmas shopping No need to wait for Santa. The sales are already here. We realise it's a competitive market people have to spend and there is only so much money we want them to spend it at Myer and, of course, so you have to respond accordingly. and the cost of living Rising interest rates for shoppers. has created a perfect storm their $125 billion-a-year turnover, To maintain down. retailers are driving their prices like never before. It's a discount war They've never been this cheap. buy, buy, buy! They'll never be this cheap again - Certainly this year, significant Christmas savings. customers are going to get pretty Myer, At Australia's biggest retailer, almost everything is discounted. The savings can be 25%, 30%, 40% and I think, importantly, of the department store. it touches most facets was to move away from sales. In July, Myer's strategy well, literally didn't buy it. But buyers, continuing to cut prices, With the other big retailers Myer's Mitch Catlin explains with no choice but to fight back. the store was left

And they've done it in a big way selling at Boxing Day sale prices. with big-ticket items right across the store. So, Mitch, there's discounts There certainly is assign with a department store. and I think fashion, most people one of our top selling brands, Here is Basque, 25% off all full-priced womenswear Basque pretty significant before Christmas. and so a quarter off the price - it's homewares. It's not just fashion, So, for example, Vue. this particular range of cookware. We've got 40% off Absolutely. with this stuff. You could be your own 'Iron Chef'

planned for cuts this big You can't tell me a department store this early?

like the last few months expect the interest rates to rise Look, there's no question, we didn't

and they have hit

you're responding with 40% off. and hence the reason for half the price of 18 months ago. We are selling TVs knows the power of cheap prices. Gerry Harvey on the back of them. He built a retail empire planned for such big discounts But not even Gerry this far out from Christmas. this cheap all the time, every day. I can't believe that we are selling So tough is the competition, sales are overlapping, Harvey explains crushing margins, creating bargains. The Australian dollar has become so strong

that the products coming in from overseas are now so cheap, we are selling washing machines and refrigerators cheaper than we did 20 years ago. Just walking around his own stores for the retail king to bare. is almost too much for the retail king to bear. How could it be $49? It used to be $100 10 years ago. That's $99 for a product that was over $1,000. That's a 32-inch LCD at $499. Absolutely. $499! You'd remember we used to sell these for over $1,000. Yeah and that was only a year ago.

Retail expert Robert Bryant from research company iBIS World believes it's the best time in decades for consumers to shop. More than ever,

Australian consumers are going to be turning online to find bargains because that's where all the savings are going to be made in the current retail market. The popularity of online shopping is also playing a role, ensuring retailers sharpen their prices. Every year we spend $125 billion at retail outlets and while online spending is only around $13 billion, it benefits all shoppers by keeping retailers competitive. They have not got those high overheads of retail outlets. Catch of the Day is Australia's leading online shopping experience. While you don't get to handle or inspect the goods or the customer service at traditional shopping outlets, founder Gaby Leibobich explains the ridiculously cheap prices more than make up for it. Look at this unbelievable deal - 23-inch Samsung HD LCD television, $299. This is below half retail price. The hottest selling product, the Sony PS3 - expect to pay over $500 in retail stores. $249 at Catch of the Day - amazing. But while the bargains are everywhere, the key message remains the same - to ensure you get the best bargain, it still pays to shop around. Christmas certainly has come early. Come very early. There has never been a better time to shop than at the moment. Still to come tonight - the most unusual backseat driver. Plus the longest-running feud ever. This residential block is being used as a truck stop. The noise and the junk is just the start of it. So why has the council allowed it to go on for more than 30 years? Last night, we brought you the story of 90-year-old Ross Godlee, the World War II digger left in the dark by his power company. an incredible response, Well, we've had an incredible response

and tonight we've got more on that story and also on the extraordinary increase in the number of complaints about power companies and what they're charging. I go to bed early because I can't see and it's really lousy. No lights, no fridge, no electricity - it's no way to treat an Australian hero. No-one deserves to be treated like this. He fought in the jungles of Borneo and battled cancer only to be left in the dark and the cold by a power company that didn't care. You think, "What the hell did I do it for?" Last night we brought you the story of 90-year-old World War II veteran Ross Godlee whose power was cut off without warning by Origin Energy. He nearly died from blood poisoning from eating off food. While cancer was attacking his body, he forgot to pay a bill. He went on to a payment plan but by the time the disconnection notice came in, he'd already been in the dark for two weeks. Well, I've just been scraping, using tinned stuff and that sort of thing. But Ross isn't alone. There are already people struggling to pay their bills and that will continue. Pensioners, families, professionals all driven to debt as household electricity prices surge. We don't have any mod cons and it just keeps getting dearer and dearer and it is out of hand, it's totally out of hand. Leanne Mahoney owes her power company $7,000

and she doesn't know why. The supplier of the electricity, they say, "Well, your meter is ticking, you're using it. "Therefore, you have to pay for it." Her bill has gone up $300 in the last three months alone. They're just so ludicrous that it's like I haven't got a hope in hell of paying it in my 'too hard' basket. so I'll just put it in my "too hard" basket. While you're suffering through power pain, electricity providers are buying energy at record low prices.

d-cyphaTrade are independent experts in the Australian energy market. Their data shows power companies are paying less per megawatt hour than in January last year. We really have to make sure that people are not left behind for these essential services for affordability reasons. Energy and Water ombudsman New South Wales Energy and Water Ombudsman Clare Petre says complaints about electricity retailers have soared 41%. There are people signing contracts where they really didn't understand what they were signing. Nearly half of the 10,000 complaints received were about AGL and Origin Energy. Basically, it is poor customer service, poor delivery of the service they pay for. President of the Queensland Consumers Association, Sheree Dally.

Bills are complicated and, people, if they don't understand them and they're not clear, they can cause confusion and sometimes it is just confusion but, in a lot of cases, it's actually overcharging. Sky high power bills are pretty hard to cop when you consider the wholesale cost of power dropped by some 35% across the Eastern States. But they still find a way to sting you.

Just check your bill and you'll find your network cost has gone through the roof. While it may be cheap to buy the power,

getting it to your home is where they're going to slug you. If you've got a complaint, don't wait till next week. Do it now. Do it as soon as you know what the problem is. If you're having trouble paying your bill, identify yourself, let your power company know. Ask to go on a hardship program and, if all else fails, contact the ombudsman. that I'm using, I'm happy to pay for the power that I'm using. I don't have a problem with that but I'll be damned if I want to pay for power that I'm not using. As for Ross, he's happy now too. Thanks to generous Today Tonight viewers, Ross's entire bill's been paid, his fridge is now restocked and his power is back on. It feels wonderful. It gives you faith in people again. suffer from chronic pain - One in five Australians suffer from chronic pain. That's 3.2 million of us - a nation of silent sufferers. But the answer might be a new device about the size of an iPod, which promises relief for the most unbearable pain. It's a new twist on old technology and, as David Richardson reports, the results of Australian trials are showing it lives up its claims. You learn to put up with it. Over the years, you put up with pain. We are a society wracked with pain.

It's like you've got a massage therapist behind you, literally massaging your back. Now one device promises to end all that suffering... This is going to help people in so many ways in giving them their freedom back. ..and the need for painkillers. You have a choice to either stay in the pain or try something different. You feel the relief coming through. Could this Therapeutic Goods Administration-approved device be the answer? The Hi-Dow Massage XP Five has a patented electronic acupuncture system. It is the only one in the world that is rechargeable. It's called the HI-DOW Massager V - the latest in transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation or TENS technology. More than 10 million have been sold in the United States. Now it's here. Australian distributor Sue Lamb. We've had so many people come back with testimonies that they've been able to get off morphine patches, they haven't had to take medication, they're off Mobic, they're off Celebrex, which are anti-inflammatory tablets. All these do is block the pain signal, that's it. You may have heard of the technology -

a nerve stimulator sending electric pulses to areas in pain, increasing the circulation, but blocking the pain signals. Maybe many people who have had babies can remember when they were giving birth, they used to roll them out on a big trolley and they would wire you up. This device boasts a sixth mode in its circuitry, setting it apart from other TENS devices on the market.

That sixth mode, due to technology, and the changes to TENS machines, that mode continually blocks the pain. I was in a lot of pain with my shoulder and it's helped me tremendously. I wouldn't be without it now. Thanks to the Hi-Dow, 79-year-old tenpin bowling champion Joan Phillips is getting back into the swing of things. I tore the muscle in my shoulder and threw my arm out. I had physio on it, didn't do much good. I had it taped up. Told she needed an operation, Joan refused. She took painkillers for relief, then stumbled across the HI-DOW. I started using it and twice a day sometimes for a week and within a week, I could lift my arm over my head without pain. I really recommend it. With this thing I've found you don't have to put up with the pain. After decades

as an Australian rugby league player and first-grade coach,

Steve Martin's body started to rebel. of chronic pain, I've had a little bit of chronic pain. I've got a little bit of a problem with the left shoulder, in my neck area and bottom of back area and it's certainly assisted in that area as well. Steve remembers the technology as a player. We used to have this sort of machine when we were playing and the physios used to have it and we'd used to have to go to the physio to get it.

But now, it's accessible to everybody. Because the pain is there, you tense up and this just releases the tension. Random trials like this one are being conducted at shopping centres all over the country. You can feel the difference? Yeah, yeah. I can't run, though. No. No running after girls today. Why not? 62-year-old retiree Terry O'Brien used the device when his shoulder froze. All symptoms of frozen shoulder have gone. The muscles are working beautifully, tendons are going well. Very good piece of technology.

Easy to apply. Easy to use, good results. What else can you say? It's amazing, the results that we're seeing. How's that lower back?

Chiropractor Caterina Walsh is using the device in her practice. Very complex things to treat, like frozen shoulder, respond very well with this. It's very well with people It's very helpful with people dealing with acute injuries who don't have very good movement. It helps create a massage and a pumping action in the area which helps flush out the inflammation and helps things recover a lot quicker. You can hurt yourself with it Not gonna hurt yourself with it and you may just miss out on getting to the cause of the problem. Dr Nicholas Wood says it's not for everyone. They can become a little trap in a sense that you can become reliant on this false sense of security because if you don't get actual treatment on the injury itself, the cause of the problem, fixed, then you may end up in worse trouble down the track. As it's defined as a medical device, depending on your private health cover, you could get up to 90% of your money back in rebate. One of the most appealing things about this is the portability. I find patient compliance is so much better because it's something they can so easily use. Just put it in their back pocket and they can use it as much as they need to use it. For more details on pain relief devices and on the story about power pricing,

head to our website: Next - living next door to Allan.

Go and get the army! You will not move me. It's a tablet for mobile internet. There's a tablet for that? This Christmas, buy the T-Touch Tab on pre-paid for just $299 and we'll throw in 3GB of bonus data to use in Australia. The T-Touch Tab - watch stuff on its 7-inch screen, take photos, access Facebook and Twitter and get 3GB of bonus data. Telstra's 55 days of Christmas. With a little extra giftness. CHORUS: # Ah, ah # The sun shine down on me # What a day. # Welcome back. We've all seen some odd things in our travels but spare a thought for the Potter family. Driving along a US highway, they saddled up alongside another car with the most unlikely backseat passenger. MAN: Smile, horsey. Ha! There's a horse in the car. His name's Rascal. His owners say he's a fixture in the back seat whenever they go visiting. Now to the neighbourhood battle that's gone on for more than 30 years and seems no closer to being resolved. Forget an overgrown tree or a barking dog. At the centre of this dispute are the noisiest neighbours ever. As Mark Gibson reports, they're not going anywhere. Well, it's been like a living hell for 30...over 30 years. I've lost count. It's the neighbourhood dispute that goes on... (SHOUTS) But you're a (BLEEP) liar, that's all you are.

..and on...

I can't describe how angry I am about him because of the way it's affected our life. ..and on. When's it going to end? When he dies. The battle of Beckenham started way back in 1977. That's when the Commissos at number 30 first complained to the council about the Gibbs's at number 26. At issue, the block in between at number 28, which, until recently, was also owned by the Gibbs's. For at least 33 years, Alan Gibbs has used it to store trucks, tractors, forklifts and what you and I might call junk. (SHOUTS) You know that I was (BLEEP) here when you came here so give up before something happens to you. That was 1997 when Today Tonight last visited Lacey Street. 13 years on, Sara Commisso says nothing's changed. It's not acceptable. We're in the year 2010 and this is not acceptable. Sara sits among a mountain of photos she says prove what's been going on next door. For the past two decades, she's also armed herself with a video camera. How would you like to have this view from your bedroom window? And Sara took these latest pictures just last week. So your life becomes revolved around the activities next door, which have been occurring for all these years. Mr Gibbs admits the block is zoned residential but says the council gave him non-conforming use rights,

meaning he can do what he likes.

But Today Tonight has a copy of those special rights which say he can: Mr Gibbs's wife, Kath. It says, "No earthmoving equipment, "no miscellaneous equipment or materials "to be stored on the lot." I've never seen so many materials stored on a lot. Alright, so you're going on about it and all these years, it's still been there. So what's the problem? Mrs Commisso says this old black-and-white photo is her trump card. You see, Mr Gibbs has argued he's been doing nothing different since he moved in back in 1968. But the official Landgate aerial photo taken in 1973 shows the Gibbs house on the right with a completely empty block next door. There's no need for you to ask questions. I'd like to know where he really was in 1968 'cause he definitely wasn't here. Oh, well... I have got the evidence. So what's Gosnells Council done neighbourhood dispute known to man? about the longest known neighbourhood dispute to man? Well, they've hired lawyers, held countless inquiries. Now, they say: I think ratepayers should know

that council has wasted all this money on this case I think ratepayers should know that council has wasted which could've been resolved in 1979. You shouldn't have to put up with this and I think council has let you down. Back in 1997, the local MP, Eric Ripper, took on the Commisso's cause. Now he's the Opposition Leader and can't believe it hasn't been resolved. It is really down to the council.

Council has failed to act. They've let this situation go on year after year. Now decade after decade. Your home's supposed to be your castle. We built this house to live here and I'm not moving for no-one.

And it seems Alan and Kath Gibbs aren't going anywhere either. When's it all going to stop? It'll stop when it stops. Well, don't you have any sympathy for the people living next door? No. (SHOUTS) Go and get the bloody army. You won't move me. I was here before you. Incredibly, the West Australian Planning Department has taken more than a year to make a ruling. Mark Gibson reporting. We'll be right back. Coming up - The most dangerous drivers on our roads.

How can you get a driver's licence in Australia if you don't speak English? CHORUS: # Ah, ah # The sun shine down on me # What a day. # (GENTLE MUSIC PLAYS) that lasts from one morning right through to the next. Tomorrow night -

our exclusive investigation into a major scandal on our roads. The loophole that allows the most dangerous drivers to keep their licences because they're from overseas.

How can you get a driver's licence in Australia if you do not speak

English? We're doing all these

things to keep our kids safe yet we

allow anybody coming from overseas

on to our roads. This is a loophole

you could drive a truck through. Supertext Captions by Red Bee Media Australia