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messing with your mind.

I don't know. Hard decision to make. Because that's cash in hand
but you're a car girl. I know. I mean, OK. So I think... (AUDIENCE SHOUTS SUGGESTIONS)
Chance! Chance! Chance!

I'm going to take... I'm going
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Yes. OK. No Chance. No chance.
Alright. Good on you. However, there is one thing
left to do and that is just to see
what was in briefcase 8. Before we do that, of course we have
to take a stab on what's in 24. Anthony, what do you think? Monica, I think
you made the right decision because I think I have the car. No! Look, there's the car! Right there.
Booshka. It was the cash
you were after, though. I am so glad
that you got what you came for. Well, part of it anyway. Here's Miss Candice with your
cheque. $6,450. Thanks, Candice. Thanks, Katie. Thank you, Bruce.
It's been a delight to meet you. Mwah. See you next time, people.
Thanks for your company.

This program is captioned live. Tonight - a plastics factory ablaze, pouring toxic smoke
over Western Sydney. Two men under guard in hospital
following another pursuit crash. James Packer
gets the Premier's backing for a second but private
Sydney casino. Paramedics issue a health alert as Sydney swelters
through a sixth hot October day. Plus, the self-declared prince who's on the verge of victory
over a Sydney council.

VOICEOVER:
This is Seven News with Chris Bath. Good evening. In breaking news - fire crews are battling a factory
fire in Sydney's west tonight which has been sending toxic smoke
across nearby neighbourhoods. Hugh Whitfeld is there.
Hugh, do they have it under control? Chris, fast work
by around 50 firefighters has been able to contain the blaze at a plastics factory
in North Rocks. The alarm was raised
just before 5pm. Staff evacuated the complex
as the fire took hold. Winds have been blowing the smoke
from the factory across North Rocks Road and over the surrounding suburbs. Fire crews
have blocked several roads as they tried to stop it spreading
to nearby businesses. People are being told
to avoid the area. It's not yet clear how it started though, thankfully, at this stage,
there are no reports of injuries. Chris.

And in more breaking news - Fire crews are on their way,
but it's understood several vehicles are alight
at a car wrecking yard. Drivers are being advised
to avoid the scene. A police pursuit of a stolen car
around the Penrith area has ended with the vehicle
slamming into a truck. It was a dramatic end
to a 21-hour search after it was stolen during
an armed robbery at St Marys. The crumpled aftermath
of Sydney's latest police pursuit. The front of the distinctive green
Ford XR8 wedged under a truck. The truckie was shaken
but not hurt. The two men inside the car
were injured and taken to Westmead Hospital. They were kicking,
both of them were kicking, like they were trying to
get away from the police. The police were saving them, too,
because the car was on fire. A search for the stolen car
had started late yesterday at this St Marys car wash. Their threats were captured
on security cameras. Today, an image was used
for a wanted poster but the law caught up with them
first. Officers spotted the vehicle
just after lunch at Cambridge Gardens and gave chase. At times they got up to 100km/h but really,
it was a pretty low-speed pursuit. At the time of the pursuit, they were only doing
about 60 kays an hour. This man was released from hospital
into police custody late this afternoon following last night's
police pursuit in Wahroonga. Police claim
he'd been speeding on the F3 moments before he crashed into a
set of lights on Pennant Hills Road. And we're live now to Robert Ovadia
at St Marys. Rob, you have more details
on that arrest?

This afternoon, police gave more of an insight into the man and why he was allegedly speeding away from him on the F3. The man is 42, he has been banned from driving for 50 years so he would not be able to get behind the wheel again until he is 92. Police are also alleging he was caught with cannabis and a stolen licence plates with him yesterday. He was refused bail in court today.

James Packer's dream of a 6-star
hotel and casino at Barangaroo is a step closer to reality. The State Government
has given initial approval for the billion-dollar project where most Sydney residents
won't be invited to gamble. Developers say Barangaroo is a place everyone
in Australia will be proud of. But today, most of us were frozen
out of Barangaroo South as the government gave stage one
approval for a luxury hotel with an invitation-only casino. A facility that will insist

A facility that will assist in growing
the state's tourism interests, particularly in
the Asian gaming market. The 250m-tall resort will boast
some of Sydney's best views but only the rich
will be invited to see them and only one wealthy businessman
will be allowed to build it. When fully operational, it could inject more than
$300 million a year into the state's economy. Both sides of politics
support the plan. Labor welcomes the decision
of cabinet. But some observers want to know why
James Packer alone will considered. There doesn't appear
to have been a tender. I suppose that's the question and I'm sure everybody
would like to know. Packer's plan
is appealing for the government - a world-class facility,
paid for by someone else, that will attract gambling revenue
from rich foreigners who can't vote here. The Barangaroo site in particular,
in our view, is the only spot that's suitable
to do something of this scale or this quality. The high-roller casino
won't open until 2019. As part of the Barangaroo
redevelopment, public housing at Millers Point is
under review and could be sold off. The State Government could pocket
as much as $500 million but long-time residents
facing eviction want to be left alone at home. Joanna Smythe has lived
at Millers Point for 20 years. I bought my children up here,
three children. My four grandchildren have
pretty much been brought up here. Yep, it's home.

One of 250 housing commission homes
nearby. In the city, close to the water
and not far from Barangaroo - a location that has the government
looking at cashing in. There's little old ladies, their families have been here
for generations. Family, after family, after family. They're all petrified that
they're going to get thrown out. What part of the
Barangaroo urban reconstruction involved kicking out
old and poor people? None. Maintaining the heritage listed
properties isn't cheap and the government could raise
hundreds of millions of dollars moving families out. Do you maintain existing
stock numbers of housing stock in areas of high value or do you capitalise on them? The Government denies any decision has been made
to sell these properties, saying it's only assessing whether this is
an appropriate use of assets. That might be political speak
for a review. But, for locals,
it's cause for alarm. It's very sad. As I said,
we're all walking on egg shells. Families like Johanna's look like being the first
to lose against the casino. The ANZ has defended
today's record $6 billion profit revealing its shareholders
are demanding to know why it wasn't more. The big four are tipped to make
an unprecedented $25 billion as home loan customers
sweat on another interest rate cut. In a world of financial gloom,
a splash of colour from Kmart. Three years ago
on the brink of bankruptcy now models of success
with 11 straight quarters of growth. A sign, perhaps,
the economy's turning. People are still shopping -
good economy, bad economy. There's still people walking
and wanting to shop. The troubled economy, though,
never seems to bother one sector. The ANZ
posting another record profit. $6 billion - up 6% on last year. That's $16 million profit a day and it's under pressure
to do better. Basically,
our shareholders are saying, "Well, why aren't you getting
a higher return?" The ANZ, along with the other banks,
has already sparked criticism for repeatedly failing
to pass on in full the Reserve Bank's rate cuts. If they can be cut,
we will cut them. If we have to be increased,
they'll be increased. The ANZ boss argues that while every interest rate cut
helps their 800,000 mortgage holders they actually hurt their
3 million savings account customers. He says it's about balance. From the critics... It's easy making a buck
in Australian banking, so they do. The Reserve's next rates decision
is due on Melbourne Cup Day, November 6.

Paramedics have issued
a health alert as parts of Sydney swelter through a
sixth October day above 30 degrees. Sally Bowrey's in one of our
hottest suburbs at Penrith. Sal, what was
the top temperature there? Chris, it got to 34 degrees here. That's well above
the October average and while it's not unheard of, it is unusual to have so many days
this month above 30 degrees. It has prompted paramedics to urge
the elderly to stay hydrated and for parents to make sure their
kids are drinking plenty of water. but it stopped short of the west as the mercury soared
10 degrees above average. Another busy day at Bondi Beach
in the middle of the week. Penrith pool
offered some place cool. Even the animals
tried to escape the heat. It was red-hot in Richmond with temperatures jumping 10 degrees
every few hours peaking at 34. No sea breeze at Gosford,
which hit 35. The city has gone above 30 degrees
four times this month - six times in the west. A far cry from last October when there were only two days
over 30. Normally, the mercury sits at 22
in October. But haven't we seen extremes? From snow blanketing
the Blue Mountains on the 12th to a Total Fire Ban across Sydney
today as bushfires threatened
several homes in the Hunter Valley including this property near Dungog. It's certainly much warmer
than we have seen and, in fact,
an interesting statistic is that the number of days, we've had more days over 30 degrees
this October in Sydney than we did
across all of last summer. Spring always serves up
mixed weather. Right now there are record heatwaves
across Australia's north and snow in the south Sydney
is stuck in-between causing a weather see-saw. Hot today, but gone tomorrow. It's been warm, yeah. It was a really good day
but because it was quite windy too. The beach, the beach -
today is perfect beach weather. So, yeah,
I'd love to be there right now. Oh, I think this is perfect
spring weather for me today. Oh, I'm gonna have a beer
after work. Chris, I'll let you know when
the cool change is due to arrive a little later.

A Mosman man
who declared himself a prince and set up his own principality may soon declare victory
over his local council. They've been locked in a dispute
over a driveway - a row that's lasted nearly 20 years. Meet Paul Delprat. Otherwise known as
His Royal Highness Prince Paul I guess that makes you a princess.
Or a duchess, perhaps.

Now you'll refer to me
as Your Royal Highness? and all he's wanted for 20 years
is a driveway leading up to it. So, what is it going to mean
to have a driveway here? It'll be wonderful. We'll be able to have our cars
on our own land and I'll be able to bring paintings
in and out. He's spent years
fighting Mosman Council for it and even formed
his own separate principality. The decree, as it were,
of succession from Mosman Council. But since 1993, the driveway plans
have been repeatedly knocked back on environmental grounds. Mr Delprat launched legal action
last week and got results.

After 20 years, it's an
incredible feeling of relief. Councillors are now set
to approve the application at their next meeting in November. The development is likely to cost
around $410,000. Councils tend to pride themselves
on getting it done quick. But this has been a long journey
for us, hasn't it? But, finally, he'll have... A carriage to my kingdom. And some good advice to give. Just always, never give up.
Never give up. Still to come tonight
in Seven News - how the mining tax
is digging a deep hole in the Federal Government's
finances. A plea for donations to save lives
like little Aiden's. Plus, Kylie gets
Charles and Camilla bopping in a showcase
of South Pacific culture. That's next.

Treasurer Wayne Swan
is sticking to his prediction the mining tax will deliver
the $2 billion in revenue that he forecast
in his budget review. That's despite the tax
barely raising a cent so far. Julia Gillard's
watered-down mining tax was the first achievement hailed by her then new government's
glib motto... Today, we are moving forward
together. ..and today,
the tax is going nowhere. Only the Labor Party could introduce a confidence-destroying,
investment-destroying tax and then not raise any money. Seven News has confirmed that revenue from the mining tax's
first quarter is close to zero. I have never heard of a tax
that doesn't raise a dollar. The tax is on super profits but there haven't been any, largely because of a collapse
in commodity prices. But with prices on the up,
the Treasurer's confident of reaching the tax's revenue target
this financial year of $2 billion. Even if he got that number wrong... This year,
something like $9 billion. ..twice. Around $9 billion. It's actually $9 billion
over four financial years. He got there eventually. And if the budget doesn't get there, he won't achieve
his promised surplus. (SCOFFS) The surplus is gone. Maybe not. Mining sources told me
a little tax has been paid and they expect profits will recover over the remainder
of the financial year to deliver Wayne Swan
that $2 billion. The state's blood supplies have
dropped to dangerously low levels. If things don't improve, hospitals will have to import
blood products from interstate to keep some patients alive. Little Aidan Sammut doesn't always
enjoy transfusion day. Can you give Christina
your bloodline? No. (LAUGHS) But he needs them. Without the platelets,
he simply would bleed to death. He was born very early,
the size of a hand. Aidan's going to have
a blood transfusion today. That was at seven weeks. (IMITATES TRAIN)

He's now 4, doing well for
a boy with rare Pearson's Syndrome. Every birthday we're,
"This is his last birthday." We try and make it
as awesome as we can. He's worth the fight. We just have to keep going
because he's so resilient and he just keeps on smiling - we just have to keep on
smiling with him. But the blood that saves
Aidan's life is in short supply.

The Red Cross Blood Service has
just two days of supplies on hand. Aiden has an urgent message.

Please give blood. And this is one of the places where thousands of Australians
do just that but many more are needed to help ease the worries
of families just like Aidan's. Across New South Wales
in the next seven days, we need an extra
2,500 appointments. So give blood... ..or a little tiger might take it. (ROARS)

Prince Charles and Camilla
have bopped along to Kylie Minogue as they soak up
some Australian culture before coming here next month. # Come on, come on # Do the locomotion with me... # Camilla certainly enjoyed it. Prince Charles was also presented
with an AFL footy. While New Zealanders brought
their haka to St James' Palace for the royal reception
of South Pacific culture. The spring weather has lead
to some very cute new arrivals at Wild Life Sydney Zoo
in Darling Harbour. A mob of emu chicks took their
first steps in public this morning. They were born about four weeks ago but will quickly lose
their noticeable stripes. They grow up fast, guys. At six months, they'll be full size so you gotta get in fast
to see them. A young joey also popped out
to say hello but didn't stray too far
from Mum's side. Sport now with Jim Wilson and Ricky Ponting knows failure against South Africa
may spell the end? Chris, he's making Shield runs but if he misses out
against the Proteas, it could be all over. We'll hear from him next. Also, an in-form Brad Haddin
all guns blazing for test survival. Plus, the rift between Singo and Gai
widens ahead of the Cox Plate. And stand by
for a giant-size dummy spit.

Australian cricket's powerbrokers are tonight backing
the Marsh brothers who've been sent home
from South Africa in disgrace after a night on the booze. Cricket Australia say the talented pair remain in
contention for national selection. Cricket Australia's selection
of Jacqueline Hey as the first female board member but that bender by Shaun
and Mitchell Marsh in Cape Town killed any party mood. You don't like to hear or read
of these sorts of incidents. What's happened in South Africa
is obviously a huge disappointment for everyone associated
with WA cricket. But their talent
will save the Marsh boys from being blacklisted
by Cricket Australia. They're still extremely
high potential players as far as we're concerned and we hope to see them perform
very soon. While Australia's bowling stocks
have taken a hit, with Victorian spinner Jon Holland
needing shoulder surgery and gone for the summer, test veteran Ricky Ponting says a century against Victoria has him
ready for the South Africans. But saying that, I have to make sure
I keep scoring the runs to keep myself in that side
as well. And Brad Haddin's
undefeated Sydney Sixer's are hot favourites
to beat the Titans in their Champions League semifinal
in Pretoria tomorrow. I'm sure nobody in our camp
is thinking it's gonna be easy, by any means.

Tension between owner John Singleton
and trainer Gai Waterhouse ahead of Saturday's Cox Plate. Singleton is now claiming Gai has given favourite Pierro
preferential treatment over his horse More Joyous. Singo is livid Gai chose Gate 11 while Pierro has drawn perfectly
in seven. I've always been a great admirer
of Pierro. I can't see why
he can't win this race and I've set him for it all along. Waterhouse insists
Gate 11 will be beneficial after Pinker Pinker won from there
last year. Pinker Pinker was a crook horse
in a crook Cox Plate and it was one of those
freakish rides where everything just opens for you. Geelong Cup winner Gatewood
has been penalised a kilo for the Melbourne Cup. Scott Higginbotham's
two-match suspension for headbutting and kneeing has cost him a place
on the Wallabies' spring tour. Australia will play France
and England first up. We've got two tough test matches
right at the front end and Scotty wasn't available to us
for those so we had to make sure
that we had what we needed. David Pocock returns from injury
but Nathan Sharpe remains captain. Casey Stoner has revealed
he's battling severe pain but is desperate to win his final Australian MotoGP
this weekend. Turn three at Phillip Island
has been named in his honour as he battles a foot injury. I'm a little bit disappointed
with its condition but I can't expect much else. We're way premature
to actually being back out on track. Stoner plans more of this
in retirement. The International Olympic Committee
will tonight consider stripping disgraced cyclist
Lance Armstrong of the bronze medal he won
in Sydney. Aussie tour winner Cadel Evans says the media's reaction to the scandal
is hysterical. Evans says his sole focus
is on regaining full fitness. and at least get back
to my normal level so I can hopefully be there to be at the front again
and challenge. Defending champion Bradley Wiggins may only be a support rider
for his team next year. It's been a long year
for the world's best tennis players and judging by these meltdowns they need a holiday
to regroup before the Aussie summer. Serena Williams
copped a code violation after losing her cool and Victoria Azarenka
also spat the dummy.

COMMENTATOR: Wow.
That's not going to win friends. Azarenka recovered
to beat Angelique Kerber. We should set up

We should set up a dinner party and bring our own fireworks.

Checking finance now and the share market
was pretty subdued today following a weak lead
from overseas markets. The ASX 200 closed up 5 points. Back to Sally at Penrith
for Sydney's weather. When's that cool change due? Chris, here in the west, we still have a while to wait
tonight. I'll tell you
when we will get some relief, next.

The pool's still busy
at Penrith tonight where it's a balmy 32 degrees still. Late this afternoon,
temperatures were still rising. In fact, Homebush got hotter
after 5:00 and that cool change won't hit
the west until 10pm. Today was fine and sunny
with northerly winds bringing a warm day
with a top of 26 degrees in the city which was 4 above average. Those north-west winds
strengthened quickly, pushing temps well into the mid 30s
through the western suburbs with tops reaching 34
in both Richmond and Penrith. Gosford was actually
the hottest location reaching 35 degrees though closer to the coast,
things were much cooler thanks to a gusty sea breeze. A trough is pushing high cloud
across the state but little in the way of rainfall
from that. Tomorrow, that trough will push
a cooler south-west change into the south-east with some showers over Victoria
and Tasmania. And that includes
across Melbourne and Hobart with fine and mild weather
expected in Canberra

Out on the water:

Tonight will be fine with a cooler southerly change
developing. Dropping to 17 degrees ahead of a
fine and partly cloudy day tomorrow along with a top of 22 degrees.

Tomorrow temps
will be in the low 20s close to the coast

but, in the west,
we will still be warm reaching 27 in Richmond
and 28 in Penrith thanks to the remaining warm air
lingering over the western suburbs. Looking ahead - it will stay cloudy
with temps in the low 20s before the weather warms up again
on Tuesday.

I don't think the children mind the warm weather here tonight.

And that's Seven News
for this Thursday. I'm Chris Bath.
Thanks for your company. Ahead on 'Today Tonight', the Australian businesses
going overseas to recruit workers.

Good evening. Thanks for joining us
on Today Tonight. First this evening, workers wanted. The industry
with more than 30,000 jobs on offer. The problem is
Australians don't want them. Hospitality bosses
are heading overseas to fill their vacant positions. And, as Graeme Butler reports, Ireland is
the number one destination.

We need staff now.
We need them right now. We're looking
for housekeeping staff, we're looking for reception staff, people who can work behind our bars. We need to get workers,
otherwise we don't have a business. So, we need to go overseas
and get workers. Parts of Australia are in the grip
of a staffing crisis and hotels, restaurants and bars
are bearing the brunt of it. The pressure is on. Hoteliers, restaurateurs
who are here are talking about
needing to hire chefs, needing to hire
food and beverage staff and they need them now. The staff shortages in some parts
of Australia are so bad that bosses have turned here, to the pubs and restaurants
of Dublin to find workers
willing to take on the jobs Australians just don't want. They're jobs that we'd love
to be able to give to Australians, that we'd want to be able
to give to Australians first but, in this situation, we have to go to places like Ireland
to find staff.