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(generated from captions) moved today, though the dugong was trickier than the sharks. Clear skies across the city
with a pleasant top of 23 degrees. Today, those winds
swung back towards the
north-west, pushing temperatures
in the west. From the satellite, getting hot ahead of a trough
moving through the south. Tomorrow, even hotter. North-west winds
to sweep into New South Wales and inland Queensland, bringing much hotter
but fine conditions. Around the nation - cold and wet in Hobart, Melbourne
and Adelaide. On the water:

Tonight will be fine and clear
with a low of 14 degrees. Then summer will make
a brief comeback with a top of 33 degrees
in the city. It will be red hot
across the suburbs.

Along the coast,
it will be hot early thanks to the
north-west winds with a sea breeze to cool the
afternoon off. Then a cooler change
will push through on Friday. Partly cloudy conditions
will continue into Saturday but there is the risk
of a brief shower close to the coast on Sunday, clearing on Monday.

And that's Seven News
for this Wednesday. I'm Chris Bath.
Thanks for your company. Ahead on 'Today Tonight' - how children are at risk
from TV sets. The new warnings, next.

Good evening. I'm Matt White. Thanks for joining us
on Today Tonight. First this evening,
a shattered mother's plea, urging parents to protect
their children around the home. Her 5-year-old boy was killed when a television toppled over
in their house and, as Clare Brady reports, this devastated family
want to make sure it doesn't happen to anyone else. (CRIES) I'd give my heart
to have my boy back. Blood frothing from her mouth and there was quite a lot of blood
at the side of her head. Every year, there are many children
killed in homes. Sadly, little Peter Gelisson
is now one of them. He was getting dressed. Mum was doin' the dishes and...yep, he climbed
on the drawers or something and the television fell back
and hit little Jeb on the head and he had a brain haemorrhage
and was taken away from us. His mum, Lee-Ann, and dad Peter can't believe
that such a simple thing has killed their little boy. Affectionately called 'Mucka', he'd been watching TV in his bedroom
similar to his siblings' ones here. His big TV
fell from a chest of drawers and onto the 5-year-old
yesterday morning. He didn't stand a chance. His brothers and sisters have now learned a sickening lesson
in their home. More than 300 children under five
were injured by falling televisions in an 8-year period from 2000. On average, a staggering 16,000 kids
are injured at home every year.

Just heard a massive crash
and ran into my bedroom and saw Makala's feet under the TV. Makala's massive scars
on her tiny head are a reminder
of how close she came to death. She'd been watching cartoons and
still can't remember what happened. But for her mum, Rae,
it's like yesterday. Her little girl was in a coma
for six days. She had a blood clot
that they removed on the brain and she'd also torn
the lining of her brain. She had four fractures
around her skull, she'd broken her cheekbones,
her nose, her left eye socket and bones at the top of her mouth. That's the unfortunate thing - when a child is lost, parents, for the rest
of their lives, will actually ask, "Could I have done
something different?" And in many cases, they could have and that will haunt them
the rest of their lives. Robert Caulfield heads up Kidsafe and knows the dangers
with modern TVs. The wall-mounted one is safe but on stands, kids can actually
climb up or something like this and pull it on top of themselves. There are brackets available
to mount them to the wall, there are also straps available. If a child
or anyone else for that matter bumps it or pulls it, it'll stop it actually
toppling over on top of them. Robert can spot potential hazards
in any home. Clare, there's about 1,200 children
a year admitted to hospital getting their fingers caught
in the inside of a door. About half of those kids
have one or more fingers amputated. This is a button battery and this is one of
the most dangerous things that exist in the modern home and most parents
aren't aware of the danger that this can cause to little kids. Do they go in little mouths?
Yes. If a child swallows this, there's been an increasing number
of cases now in hospitals where children are swallowing these. It'll start immediately generating
an electric current and it will burn through
their insides. New South Wales paramedic
Alex Cardenas is often first at the scene. It is only natural
for any parent to feel concerned or even a sense of guilt if their child becomes injured
or ill. It is important to know that
these accidents do happen. It comes too late
for this little boy but it's a sombre warning
to other mums and dads. I just want everyone to know
what a special little man he was and I just want everyone
to make sure that their houses are safe
for their children. We don't want people
to go through this pain. And to cherish every moment
you have with your children because they could be taken away.

Clare Brady with a timely warning. The ever-growing battle to
stop our kids from skipping school has the experts divided. Do we punish them or entice them? On one side, the truant squads
cracking down on known hot spots like shopping centres
and skate parks. On the other, the schools giving out iPods,
canteen vouchers and holding free barbecues to try to keep kids
in the classroom. Why do you wag school? Because I hate teachers.
They piss me off. Do you worry about getting caught? Not really.

How old are you?
13. When it comes to wagging school,
this lot gets straight A's.

For always...
D-bay way to do it. ..swapping school for a skatepark. Three of these truants are just 14, and they're part of
a nationwide epidemic. Why do you wag school? Because school is boring.
Lot of teachers are cranky. Do you worry about missing out
on education? Yeah sometimes,
but not most of time. This boy admits to spending most
of his time away from the classroom. Do you wag school often?
Yeah. How often?
Probably three days a week. They're not worried about
being seen. Do you worry about getting caught?
Nah. Do you worry about getting caught?
Not really. Have you been caught?
Yes, plenty of times. What happened?
Arrested.

Do you hear a lot of excuses?
Yeah, we've heard a few. Senior Sergeant Terry Wyatt says a common excuse is they're
too sick to be at school. That's what this 13-year-old girl
tells them, even though she's well enough to be
here with her 15-year-old friend. Any reason why you're not at school? Got a doctor's appointment. Their details noted, police will make
follow-up inquiries. Who do you give details to? Our child protection unit - they liaise with school, check
what sort of history they have. At the same shopping centre, business owners like Ian Reed are
also taking a stand against truants. We won't serve them during school
hours unless with their parents. Do you think it's a good deterrent? Oh, for sure, yeah.

With as many as
30,000 Australian children failing to attend school
every year, text messages are being sent
to parents whose children aren't turning up
for class. It may be even tougher measures
are needed to help reverse the trend - like those adopted in the UK, where police are hauling truants
out of bed and escorting them to school. In the US, some schools in Texas are forcing students to wear
micro-chip embedded ID cards so they can be tracked at all times. I don't think many schools, perhaps, are seen by pupils and parents as preparing them for what
the world offers them. Professor Alan Ralph is from
the Triple P Parenting Program. needs to look at its own problems and to work out what bits
are missing in terms of getting a message
to kids about attending school. For some schools,
that means offering prizes such as iPods, barbecue lunches
and canteen vouchers to entice truants back to classes. Queensland's Toowoomba State High
has introduced an online system where kids get points
for good behaviour. We're on a big journey about
improving our outcomes Attendance has improved, but principal Chris Zilm denies
the rewards on offer are bribes. I think bribe implies
some underhandedness. I just like the idea
of getting my points up. With stickers and pens just some
of the incentives available, 16-year-old Rhiannon Kallio
is aiming to get enough points to receive discounted
driving lessons. It's relevant for me
because of my age.

Back at the skate park, these truants would much prefer
an iPod than a visit from police. You think it'd be a good idea?
Yeah.

Still to come on Today Tonight - We hear from the designer
who started it all. And a sneak peek at the latest look. Soaring electricity prices are not only causing
massive bill shock in our suburbs, they're also causing friction between power companies
and state regulators. New figures out today show that we're now paying a staggering
131% more for electricity than we did a decade ago. regulators are powerless
to do anything about it. How are you going to catch up, Lara?
We're trying our best, Tony! Do you think that's fair? That if they don't pay,

you just go in, flick a switch
and they lose power? You don't care? If they haven't got
the responsibility to pay for the friggin' power... As prices soar,
so, too, do tension levels. It's a big power bill that has tenant Lara Haynes
and her landlord Tony Logan at each others' throats. You go in and turn the power off.
She's got young kids. Yes...

Can't feed them, can't bath them,
can't water them. Yes, I know, Lara. That's why it's
important to pay your power bill. But you don't come up and ask, "Have you got money for me
this week?" You just cut it.

Mother-of-three Lara
is already struggling to make her weekly power payments
to Tony and has now been hit
with a fresh bill of $1,500. Lara's house, on a rural property
west of Brisbane, shares the same power bill as Tony's plus two other homes and a business. Mr Logan, your own records show
they are paying. They are paying it off slowly,
so they are making an effort. Yes. So you're admitting that?
Yes. So, $1,500 is a big hit.
Yes. It's big. Lara's disputing her bill

which is calculated
by Tony reading the metre himself. We know categorically that this
metre is just for the house. Yes.

It's not for the shed?
Yes. Where does...?

Might actually bring
some investigative reporters and follow the wire over. Where does the power
for this shed go? Which metre is that on? Tony can't provide Lara, or us,
with any official breakdown so we're forced to rely on
some figures in a book. Tell us what your book says.
What's this - $497.42? That's just the power
multiplied by that without the service fee,
without the GST. Can I just check
that's three months? So your own figures show that's what
they used in three months? Yes. So, really, two extra months, Lara's worried if she falls behind
on her repayments again, Tony will simply
turn off her power supply for the third time in two months. When you flick the switch, is that obviously to cause them
as much pain as possible. No. Because they've got young kids. It's probably a bit of an adventure
for them. Kids wouldn't bother at all. You don't care about
flicking the switch off? They do when they can't
drink the water, Tony! What's that? When they can't turn the friggin'
tap on to have a drink of water, they do care! You don't care about that? It's not an adventure for them
when they can't have a drink1 It's just your money?
Yeah, it's his money. I want to get their attention. It's a sentiment that's being echoed
in a much bigger power fight between the Australian
Competition and Consumer Commission and the power companies. This has been a serious burden
on consumers and it's been a serious burden
on the Australian economy as well. ACCC chairman Rod Simms
accusing power companies of overcharging us all
to the tune of $3 billion. He's calling on
the Federal Government to regulate power companies and what they spend their money on. The Australian Energy Regulator
at the moment has two arms and one leg
tied behind its back. Until there is some relief,
expect more price hikes and suburban squabbles like Tara's. You don't give them any warning,
do you? I've warned them!
You didn't on Friday! If I get don't a payment every week,
I'll turn it off Friday afternoon. You flick the power off?
Yeah. So, they've got young kids,
lose their food without power, it's hot. (SIGHS)

Hormone replacement therapy is one of the treatments for women
during menopause. But there are risks involved, which is why,
in a world-first trial, one Melbourne doctor is using
acupuncture as an alternative. As Georgia Main found out, it's already showing
some promising results. I'm going to put a couple of needles
in the arm and a couple in the leg so you'll feel a mild discomfort
but that should be all. An ancient therapy that could be
the answer for an age-old problem. We have had good feedback
from some women I feel so much better in myself. What started as a pilot study
has gone global. Dr Carolyn Ee
from Melbourne University heads up the world's
largest study of menopausal women trialling acupuncture
to treat hot flushes. There's been two smaller studies
of 40 and 50 women The women received real acupuncture had a greater than 50% improvement
in hot flushes so that's why we're doing a much
larger and more conclusive study. More than 100 women
have so far undergone a course of 10 acupuncture sessions. We've got some theories
about acupuncture that when you put the needles in, it stimulates nerves
in the skin and muscle and that can cause a variety
of effects in the body and we think one of the main links
to hot flushes is that the acupuncture increases
the serotonin level in the body. Around 2 million Australian women are going through
or approaching menopause - when menstruation ends and the body's production of the
hormones oestrogen and progesterone drops off. About 80% will experience
moderate or severe symptoms. The most common
and most debilitating - hot flushes. You feel like your core
is heating up and you feel like you could
heat the room if you needed to. Sometimes you're having one
every 10 minutes. After four years of suffering
from severe hot flushes, 53-year-old Sandra Hutton jumped at the chance
to be involved in the trial. Only halfway through
her 8-week treatment and there's already results.

You wouldn't think six little
needles are going to do much but they obviously
know what they're doing. and I'm definitely having
less of them. New research has shown that hot flushes persist
for an average of 5.2 years - much longer than the two
to four years previously reported. Probably had them
for about six or seven years. You do get a little bit desperate
and start to grasp at anything just for the sake of good sleep
and just normal... It's very embarrassing when perspiration
is rolling down your face and neck and you're trying to carry on
a conversation. 55-year-old Meredith Nolan
finished her acupuncture sessions two months ago. The dreaded hot flushes
all but went away. I could have 16 or 17
at least upwards to 20-odd, probably dropped to four or five and maybe only one at night
and not as severe. Have the symptoms come back? The hot flushes
have gradually come back. Things are probably
back to where they were at the time before
I went to start the treatment. It tells me that
it worked very well for me. The most studied treatment
is hormone replacement therapy and that is the most effective
for moderate to severe symptoms. It's really replacing the hormones But after a 2002 US study claimed
HRT dramatically increased the risk of heart disease, stroke,
breast cancer and blood clots, women around the world
were scared off the treatment. But despite a major review
recently declaring HRT safe, many women like Sandra and Meredith
are still sceptical. Dr Elizabeth Farrell from the
Asia Pacific Menopause Federation says she's looking forward to seeing if acupuncture really could be
an alternative treatment. There are a group of women in
whom we cannot use hormone therapy, for example,
women who've had breast cancer, had heart attacks and strokes. To find a therapy
that will improve their symptoms that is non-hormonal will be really wonderful. But to find out for sure,
another 280 volunteers are needed. They need people to do these things so that they can find out
if it works and, hopefully,
help a lot of women out there. If I'm one little increment in it,
I'm happy. At the end of this,
I hope to say to women, "Look, here is a treatment for you
that is effective, safe "and it's going to help you."

After the break, wrapping up
a true fashion favourite. Turning simple into stunning. It's probably what men love. It's just very simple,
it's very easy. You just put it on
and you feel empowered but at the same time you feel sexy. That's next on TT.

Welcome back. It first hit the catwalk
back in the '70s but all these years later, the wrap dress
is still a fashion favourite. It's worn by royalty, first ladies
and movie stars around the world. Adene Cassidy caught up with
the fashion icon who started it all. It is so flattering
for all body shapes because it does hide
the lumps and the bumps. It just moulds the body. You could try the same dress
in different shape. It's been worn
by more than 5 million women, it launched an iconic fashion label, it suits almost any body shape and it's sparked countless copycats. What is it do you think women love? I don't know.
It's probably what men love. You just put it on, you feel empowered
but at the same time, you feel sexy. It's the Diane von Furstenburg
wrap dress - one simple piece of fabric
cut and tailored in such a way it still sells
to all types of women. After four decades on the market, its popularity continues to surprise
designer Diane. Mrs Obama, the First Lady, wore it for her first Christmas card
as the First Lady. No marketing can possibly
desire something like that. It just happens. The conservative cut is even a
favourite for fashion rebel Madonna. There was just something
about 'the wrap dress' that Diane has designed
that does suit any body shape - it's extraordinary. Fashion commentator
and news.com's Melissa Hoyer says the dress is easy to wear

and it suits
both petite and curvy women. I think Diane's very smart that she's put a collar
on some of her wrap dresses because it just takes the attention
away from her cleavage. But, you know, both dresses - simple in shape,
patterns really work. For the curvier figure,
Melissa says any wrap dress will accentuate
your body in all the right places. The tie cinches in the waist, a collar will draw eyes
away from your bust and a V-neck
flatters a fuller cleavage.

A lot of the wrap dresses
don't have a waist line so you could cheat
and play with the belt. Unless you do have a nice bosom
to either show off or to accentuate the V-neck,
it can look a little bit odd so it's probably better to go
a higher neck, like this one. For petite women,
a wrap can add volume. Tie a bow to the side
to elongate your waist. A bold print creates fullness. A high neckline
flatters a smaller bust. When buying the wrap dress,
Melissa has this advice. Make sure it's not
a really, really shiny fabric. I'd probably maybe go for
a little bit of a bigger size because sometimes the fabrics
on more - less expensive outfits can be a bit skimpy. Diane's signature dress
also transcends age and every year,
she makes subtle changes to adapt
to women's changing body shapes. New seasonal colours and prints
keep the dress evolving but her secret is in the fabric.

I like effortless. I like to make clothes
that are desirable and accessible that, you know, will make you
feel better about yourself.

Adene Cassidy reporting. After the break, the Australian jobs
being given to foreigners. Bar staff, kitchen hands -
plenty of jobs available, so why are they going to the Irish? We need to get workers
otherwise we don't have a business. We need to go overseas
and get workers. Workers wanted. Stay with us.

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Tomorrow night - the push to bring
foreign workers to our shores. There are plenty of jobs here, so why are businesses
going to Ireland to find staff?

We need to get workers otherwise we don't have a business.This is a pretty drastic step - we have to go to places like Ireland to find someone.One of the Irish are lining up to do the jobs Aussies don't want. Hope you can join us again
tomorrow night. But that's it for now.
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Did you plan that?

No.

Where are they coming from? Who cares?

I know about you and Lisa.
It has to stop. It's wrong. Look, mate... Dad, it's because Lisa is married. Yes, I ended it with Lisa.

Are you OK? Yeah, I'll survive, mate. I've told Neil
we have to have separate lives. OK. I just really want a life and it would be really nice
if you were a part of it. I'd like that too. You reconsidered my offer? Nup. You obviously don't care about
Bianca as much as you claim to. So I might just stick around. I'd hate to see Bianca
left here all by herself. It's Bianca. She needs your help. She's taking something
to make herself feel numb. The guy she's seeing - Brax's mate - he's a real shady character. Just, please, you have to do
something before it's too late.

Hey! Welcome back. Thanks. I know you probably
don't want to talk about it, but how are you going? I am going well. It's good to be here.
It's a great distraction.

Ah...put it away.

Hey, have you got any plans tonight? Because I was thinking that you
might like to come over for dinner. Oh, I don't think so. Are you sure? 'Cause I've got the place to myself,
Liam's at work, VJ and Leah are in the city.

Hey, I'm asking you as a friend,
not as your councillor.

And to be honest,
I could probably use the company. I tell you what, I'll be there as long as you promise
not to talk about me. OK. What are we having? Oh, God, I can't cook. Well, I'll cook. I can't ask it over to my place
to cook me dinner. Why not? I'll do Italian. What time? OK, cool. Ah...6:00? Done. See you there. Bye.

Ah, what are you doing? Oh, last-minute revision.
I just don't feel like I'm ready. You'll be fine. Oh, do you still want to get lunch
later? Ah, yeah, absolutely.
I will see you then. OK, see you. (PHONE RINGS) Hey, Dex. What's up? Well, I'm supposed to be
going to physio but Dad is taking forever so, um, I just wanted
to call you and tell you to kiss some butt on your exams.

Oh, wait, no, that's not it. Dex, you ready? OK, ah...
call me when you're finished.

You're taking forever. Yeah, yeah, I know we're cutting it
fine, mate, but we'll get there. Dad, you realise that Lisa has
a schedule and other people to see? Yes, I'm well aware of that, mate. So, if we're late, it's going to
upset her whole day, so come on. Dex, it's OK, mate.
Don't panic. We'll get there. I just need to find my keys. Oh, are you serious? Yeah, they were here last night.

No. You know,
I-I know what you're doing. You're stalling.
What? I'm what?
You're stalling. You don't want to see Lisa. Oh, don't be ridiculous. Dad, it's OK. It's not gonna be weird.
People break up all the time. No-one is being weird, OK. Now, will you just helped me
find my keys?

Where were they? In your coat pocket, like always.

Come on. "Thanks, Dex."

Hey, where are you guys off to? Looking at stationery. Yeah, we're looking for winning
announcement and thank you cards. Don't forget reception invites,
response cards, wedding programs... Yeah, yeah.