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MAN: Solonato is a very new variety. It's got a very, very sweet taste. Lovely shaped tomato. And good for snacking. Uh, you know, perfect... When you put it in your mouth, it's a lovely texture. They look beautiful, like grapes. They are. People put them in lunch boxes. Great idea. We're picking at least
three to four times per week to get that freshness
to the Woolworths store as soon as possible.

It was a fine end to the weekend
right cross Sydney with plenty of sunshine. Today's nor-easterly winds
kept temperatures a little cool.

It was a fine and mild night.

The fine conditions
stuck around today. It was warmest at Penrith
which hit 28 degrees.

Tomorrow - it'll be partly cloudy
in Brisbane. Melbourne,
Adelaide and Perth can expect
a few showers.

Tonight will be fine and warm.

Tomorrow will be mostly sunny with northerly winds bringing
a hot conditions to our west.

Looking further ahead - it'll be fine and warm on Tuesday with the chance of a storm
in our western suburbs. Showers will increase on Wednesday
before rain on Thursday and Friday.

That's Seven News
for this Sunday. I'm Mark Ferguson. Stay with us now
for 'Sunday Night'.

Tonight... How deep are we getting here?
Holy mackerel. Kerri-Anne Kennerley's
toughest interview ever... It was a bit emotional, actual. ..her brother. I've had no way back,
I've had a gutful. The incurable disease... In the last five years, it's
doubled itself, if not tripped. I'll call Ma for you. ..and the radical surgery... We're putting two holes in,
just in the top here. That's his biggest fear that
he doesn't see a difference. ..that changes helps live. Oh, my God. Plus...

I was in a very bad place
and I had to be helped. ..the raw... RAHNI SADLER: How troubled
did you get? On a scale of 1 to 10, probably 9. ..the revealing... Susan Boyle,
still never been kissed. Yes, I have been kissed. ..the raunchy... Come on, baby! Come on, baby! ..Susan Boyle. ('GANGNAM STYLE' PLAYS) So what happened
when she met her teenage crush? The star has arrived! It was a very special moment. Susan Boyle. Susan, what's it like
being touched by Donny? (SINGS) # This is the moment...# What an embarrassing question. Never say never. Look what happened to me.

Hello and welcome to Sunday Night.
I'm Chris Bath. Also tonight -
the remarkable Dennehy family - what their generosity and love
has done to the lives
of their nine adopted children. How many times in your life do you get a chance
to save someone else's life. It was hard. The nurses went... He just had this big smile
come across his face. And that was like there's life
in there somewhere. You're a kid
and you want to fit in but being me,
you can't really fit in. Everyone deserves a shot. Watch what the human spirit can do when you put it in an environment
where it can thrive Give it up for George. They are unique and adopted... It's just so rewarding. why can't it happen here. So many rules
and so many regulations. I'll be right back, bye. You never know what a kid's life
can bring if given the opportunity.

That wonderful story later. But first tonight - one of the
nicest blokes you'll ever meet. He loves his beer, loves his golf,
loves his wife and his little sister -
Kerri-Ann Kennerley. But Malcolm Wright
has a big problem - a rare condition
that's cost him his job, it's ruining his life and
he has just one chance at fixing it. Here's Kerrie-Anne's
deeply personal story.

I...I just... I just don't know how
I'm gonna feel. I mean...


It is a bit emotional, actually.

Yeah, just thinking about it,
but... Of all the interviews
I've ever done, this is the hardest. Anyway...

It's gonna be so...

It's personal. Holy mackerel. It's confronting. You put in two holes
just in the top here. It's my brother. I'll call Ma for you.
OK. Yeah, she'll be... Yeah, someone.... Someone ring her. OK, so we just need a little bit
of... What would be the one thing
you would really like to do if this was successful? Get back to one handicap in golf.
(LAUGHS) I thought I was going that way! OK.

OK. Let's try and remember
how this worked.

I'm on the back nine
of Brisbane's Redcliffe Golf course with Malcolm and his wife, Linda. She and I are both fair golfers... Ooh! Happy with that! ..but Mal is in a league of his own. It's down there anyway. Oh, well, it went!
Yeah. He once thought
about turning professional

but look closely

and you can see
why that was never going to happen. How's that? That's pretty good.
That's pretty good. That didn't take long. No. It's called essential tremor. Don't know why
it's called essential. It's definitely not essential
to have it. Do you want mineral water or plain? No, plain's good. It's as if you're trapped in a body
you can't control. A brain disorder
that affects fine motor skills - holding a bottle, a glass,
a knife and fork. Have you thought of a straw? (LAUGHS)

I'm scared to ask
for a cup of coffee now. Do you notice people looking at you? Well, you think they are
and they're probably not. Linda says, no-one's looking. But it's like
there's a ghost in the room. You're always looking
over your shoulder trying to see if anyone's looking. We've always been a close family. (SONG) # You are my brother. # That's Mal on the far left.
I'm next to him. He's my older brother
by five years. It was when he had trouble
buttoning his shirts that Mum first suspected
something was wrong. At 12, a visit to the doctor
gave the tremors a name. As a kid, we always knew you shook
but it wasn't a big deal. No. Well, it just got worse
as you get older. In the last five years,
it's... it's doubled itself, if not, you know, if not tripled.

That's why I got a cap on me tooth,
'cause I knocked it out. Did you? With a glass? Yeah, well, cleaning my teeth. I hold my hand still
and I don't have to brush. I just... (LAUGHS)
You think that's funny! I enjoy it
because I don't have to do anything. When you were at school,
did kids give you a hard time because I just always remember
growing up, you used to shake,
it was no big deal. Oh, they'd call me 'Shaky'. That was your nickname? Yeah, that was my nickname,
and it worked. Get into any fights with that? Oh, no-one picked on me. They don't where I was going
to throw the punch from. (LAUGHS) I'd stand there and go whack
and they didn't see that coming.

As luck would have it,
Mal became a tradie, a man who made a living
with his hands. He was in his late 20s when the tremors
started affecting his work. Eight years ago,
he had to give up the building game, retreating not just from his job,
but life. You become used to staying at home but, um, it's not necessarily good
for social life. He rarely goes out now. My big brother,
too embarrassed to go to the pub, too embarrassed
to eat in a restaurant. It is frustrating not being able to go out for dinners
and socially. Five years ago, Malcolm was offered what he thought
was his last chance - an operation to fuse the tiny
pockets of cells in the brain causing his tremors. I just said "Please.
I mean, that's it, I want it done." The surgery was a complete failure. Since then,
his tremors have worsened. Everyday tasks
have become all but impossible. Now, his only hope is the pioneering
but potentially dangerous surgery called deep brain stimulation. Having been through
a brain operation, knowing the anguish,
knowing how horrible it was, you're stepping up to the plate
again? Yeah.

Yeah, I, um...

Hopefully, it will get fixed. That's the only thing
I worry about - if I do this
and it doesn't get fixed, I just... devastated.

It will be tough.

Hospitals aren't fun, are they? No, I've had enough of them. I think Linda's - by the time she is finished with me,
she'll say "Thank God!"

I know he's scared -
he's very scared. What do you thing
his biggest fear is? It not working -
that's his biggest fear. If it doesn't work,
if he doesn't see a difference - that's his biggest fear.

So, Darl, on Tuesday... Linda and Malcolm have been together
for 10 years, married for 3. How are you feeling?
Oh, it'll be alright. Linda's never known him
without the shakes. To be able to take his wife
for a romantic meal in a restaurant is Mal's greatest dream. She's his rock. If you didn't have Linda,
would you do it?

No, wouldn't be able
to go through it. Who'd drive me around?
Who'd get me a drink? She's, uh...

It's good having mates. Yeah, one in a million.

Mal is hoping for far better odds
on the operating table. Well done. Excellent. Now, we've spoken a bit about
this deep brain stimulation.... Sarah Olson is his neurosurgeon. Is this an absolute cure? No, deep brain stimulation
isn't a cure. The disease is still there, like it's there
with Parkinson's disease. So, what does it give a patient
if it's not a cure? It gives them relief
of their symptoms. A life? Yes, exactly. An almost normal life. That's what we're planning for. In deep brain stimulation, electrodes are placed
deep within the brain. They're connected to a battery pack
buried in Malcolm chest. When turned on,

it then sends electrical impulses
to the electrodes which, if all goes well,
will neutralise his tremors. But finding the exact spot
requires Mal to be awake so he can show his surgeons whether the delicate procedure
is working or not. I'm kind of looking forward to it
because I've got no way back. I've had a gutful. I just...

I just don't know
how I'm gonna feel. I mean...


It's early Tuesday morning at Brisbane's
Princess Alexandra Hospital. What are we doing for you today? Brain - deep brain stimulation. And that's all been explained
to you? Yes. It's a very long operation. You sort of say goodbye to it,
7:00 in the morning. You don't get to find anything
until 3:00 in the afternoon. OK. Bye, darling. See ya. See ya, mate.
See ya, Kesh. Have a good time.
I'll call Ma for ya. Oh, OK. Yeah, she'll be... Yeah, someone... Someone ring her.

So glad it's not me.
(CHUCKLES) A team of 10
is working on my brother. A halo
to keep his head perfectly still is attached to Malcolm. (DRILL WHIRRS) For the first two hours,
he's kept asleep as they drill through his skull
to expose his brain... Now, I need a pair of scissors
and forceps ..and then, they let him wake up. Malcolm, hello.

You're all good.
No problems. You're fine. OK, you're doing fine.
How many fingers? Uh...that's be two. Good on ya. They've come
to the most critical point and now, my big brother
and a small screwdriver have the starring role. That's my screwdriver! What's happening here is the surgeons are working out
the correct spot in the brain to receive the electrical impulses. There, there we go! It's trial and error.

Only when his trembling stops
will they know they've got it. 0.5...


Oh, there you go. Oh, wow! That's wonderful. Malcolm, that's fantastic. That's superb. Happy with that? After so many decades,
an instant result. That the way! Well done! Ripper! But this isn't the end. While Malcolm's skull heals
from the operation, the battery pack is switched off. You know by this arvo,
we could get a quick nine in. It'll be another fortnight before
they flick the switch for real and only then
will he know for certain if it's been a total success.

I'm more nervous now
than I was for the whole operation. Turn-on day.

And back. That's, that's....
That's pretty good. Just see if you can hold
the glass up. See how you go. Do you want to do the same
on the right? Try that one more for me. Oh, this is no trouble at all.
No. I'm so proud of my brother. And the nose?

Oh, I nearly got it
in the middle of your finger, then, didn't I? It's absolutely magnificent. I am so...

Oh. I'm just overwhelmed. Pouring a cup of coffee, having a glass of wine
without spilling anything. Wow! Thank you, darling! For the first time
in a very long time, Mal is able
to take Linda out to dinner. It's a new life, it's a new life
and for this person here. Thank you for looking after me.

Our thanks there to the staff at
Princess Alexandra Public Hospital. And congratulations
to Malcolm and Linda. On Friday, they celebrated
their third wedding anniversary. Next, no more sensible shoes -
SuBo's surprising revelations.

ANNOUNER: Give it up
for Susan Boyle. C'mon, baby. ('GANGNGAM' STYLE PLAYS) # Oppan Gangnam style. # Never been kissed. Susan Boyle still never been kissed? Answer is yes, I have been kissed. Whatever turns them on. Susan!

# Gangnam style # Op, op, op. #

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His passing came
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I just love prawns. It's something I cannot explain. More, more! Thank you!

She's won awards. Prawn Free. Prawn in the USA. Prawn This Way. She's coming up with something,
I can tell. Yeah. Really close. Got it! Not reindeer, prawn deer! Very good. SONG: # Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday, Thursday... # Yeah? You want some prawns? She's an artist. # I love you. #

The Susan Boyle story
is extraordinary - from obscurity to instant
international fame in her late 40s and then a breakdown. Tonight, she speaks openly
and honestly about how stardom affected her,
how she beat the blues and reveals the passion - including that first kiss
that's come into her life. Stand by for a real Las Vegas moment as Susan meets and sings
with Donny Osmond - the man she's had a crush on
since she was a teenager.

G'day, mate. I'm Susan Boyle. # Oppan Gangnam style. # Have you seen
that other internet sensation? # Oppan Gangnam style. # Do you know how to do it? ('GANGNAM STYLE' PLAYS) That's just one side of me. # Oppan Gangnam style. # Yee-hah! # Gangnam style. # C'mon, baby. C'mon, baby. C'mon. # Oppan Gangnam style # Hey, sexy lady # Op, op, op, op

# Hey, sexy lady

# Oppan Gangnam style. # You are such a good sport.

# If you would only say you care. #

I'm never too old. I can dream but don't touch.
(LAUGHS) How are you? This time four years ago, would you have ever believed
that you would have met the Queen, sang for the pope
and sold millions of records? That's everybody's dream to do that. That was worldwide sales. A bit embarrassing.
I'm nobody special. I'm just an ordinary person,
you know. Four years ago,
I was a different person. I have changed a lot since then. How have you changed? Well, I can cope better with it now,
I'm a bit more calm. If you can believe that,
you believe anything. (BOTH LAUGH) Is that the truth? Of course it's the truth.
I'm a lot calmer now. You deal with the anxiety
a lot better? Everybody has anxious moments,
it's how they deal with them. I've stopped to think about myself,
took myself away somewhere. I'm at a better place now
than I was then. # I can't go on

# Another day. #

Lots of us have been depressed and suffered from, you know,
troubling times. How troubled did you get?

On a scale of 1 to 10, probably 9. Because there were
a lot of other problems manifest themselves there as well,
a lot of insecurity. I'm still trying to struggle
with the insecurity factor but I think everybody
goes through a period where they feel doubtful
about themselves. I think I've turned that on its head
and I'm ready to move forward. ANNOUNCER: Ladies and gentlemen,

('WHO I WAS BORN TO BE' PLAYS) # When I was a child

# I could see the wind
in the trees. #

You certainly didn't have
an easy start in life. I didn't have an easy start in life.
I got a lot of bullying. There was a lady at school who used
to stub her cigarettes on me, stuff like that. Can you describe the things
you went through at school? I felt scared, I felt isolated. I felt no-one wanted to help me. I was lucky, I had a sister
who taught at the same school so she got me the help I needed. It's always good
to have a confidante - somebody you can talk to. And somebody your own age,
so much the better because bullying, even psychological
bullying, which it was with me, leaves a scars. # I can catch the moon in my hand # Ooh, you got what it takes # Remember my name. # Because you had these problems
expressing yourself, you had these problems communicating but you didn't have those problems
when you were singing. Because I found when I was singing
I was more relaxed and I could communicate. # Hey now, hey now

# Don't dream it's over. # You had an amazing family,
a very supportive mother. She was a wee angel. From day one,
she supported your singing. I think she sort of propped me up
as a person, as well. You know, she was a diamond. That's how I actually describe her.
She was a diamond. # And know they won't win. # I would describe my mum
as being very gentle with a wicked sense of humour and a lot of patience
because she had nine kids. (LAUGHS) She had a lot of patience,
believe me.

I'll read out what's on it.

Was losing your mum the hardest
thing you have ever gone through? Well, nobody could really
describe it. It was very hard emotionally. You have to mask it,
sometimes. You have to say
there is a boulder there, you've got to get past it because I'm sure my mother
would have not wanted me to sit in the house and do nothing. At the moment I live alone
with my cat, named Pebbles. But I've never been married. Never been kissed.

that's what she would have said. (WHISTLES)

Alright. What's your name, darling? My name is Susan Boyle. And how old are you Susan? I am 47. (LAUGHTER)

And that's just one side of me. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) I thought I would be buzzed the minute I started the wiggling,
you know. And that wiggle has haunted me
ever since, believe me. (LAUGHS) OK, what's the dream? And why hasn't it worked out
so far, Susan? I've never been given the chance
before but here's hoping it will change. OK, and who would you like
to be as successful as? Elaine Paige. Someone like that.
Elaine Paige. PIERS: What are you going
to sing tonight? I'm going to sing
'I Dream the Dream' from 'Les Miserables'. OK, big song.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) Yes. What was going through your head? Oh, it was...
I found it very breathtaking. I was surprised because I didn't
really think I would get through it. # I dreamed a dream
in time gone by...# (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) # When hope was high
and life worth living. # You didn't expect that, did you?
Did you? No. # I dreamed that love
would never die

# I dreamed that God
would be forgiving

# Then I was young and unafraid

# When dreams were made
and used and wasted # There was no ransom to be paid

# No song unsung
No wine untasted. #

The following night I went
to see my brother in Edinburgh and when I went...(LAUGHS) ..when I went to see him I discovered
that the local newspaper had been around all the houses
looking for me. (GIGGLES) So I thought, "Uh-uh, something
going to happen." # Sha-a-ame. #

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) Get a load of that! # Still I dream he'll come to me

# And we will live our lives

# But there are dreams
that cannot be

# And there are storms
we cannot weather (MUSICAL INTERLUDE)

# I had a dream my life would be

# So different from this hell
I'm living # So different now
from what it seems # Now life has killed the dream

Hello. Hey, come back here! Stay there, stay there. Alright, thank you very much, Susan.
Piers? Without a doubt, that was
the biggest surprise I have had in three years on this show. At the time I found it
very terrifying and very, very scary but now I feel it sits
on my shoulders a lot better, I'm a lot more comfortable. Susan, I have a SuBo
tattoo on my leg. (LAUGHS) I do, I do - look! Oh, my God! She has, as well.
(LAUGHS) She's got a tattoo. (ALL CHEER)

Whatever turns them on! (CHUCKLES) Whatever turns them on. # Return...# Wait, wait, can we stop that
for a bit? She found it very, very difficult
to deal with I was in a very bad place
and I had to be helped. # Hallelujah

# Hallelujah. # How important is your faith to you? Very important,
it's the backbone of my being. I couldn't do anything without it. And at the very beginning -
this is behind closed doors - I wasn't very nice to know
because I was very ill and it's really restored my health
back to normal. What's your view on life now? View on life is to have a good time,
in moderation, to take things as they come
and to not be afraid. Nothing scares you these days? (LAUGHS) # There's a somebody
I'm longing to see...# Not entirely lonely, you know? You feel it sometimes at night,
you know. There's not a lot
you can do about that. Just hope that the job you've got,
a bunch of new friends, you know, and maybe one day,
that vital person. #..over me. #

Has Susan Boyle
still never been kissed? Answer is yes, I have been kissed. Oh! (LAUGHS) But there's no marriage plans yet. Have you found someone special? Oh, there's a lot of people
who are special to me but I haven't found
the right person yet. DONNY OSMOND: (SINGS)
# And they called it puppy love. # Have a good look at that - that's the nearest thing
I will ever get to him. There he is! (GIGGLES) My God.

Well, I'm never too old,
I'm never too old, you know. Is Donny Osmond available? Mmm, I don't know.
Think he is happily married. (LAUGHS) Damn! (SONG) # Next stop, Vegas, please # Gotta get to Vegas. # Oh, she's dancing. Yeah. She's dancing up a storm
already. Are you ready?
Just about. OK, I'll take you backstage. It's a very special moment,
very sweet moment when you meet Donny Osmond. You must have met
so many famous people. Who's the most impressive? Most impressive is Donny Osmond. That's who I'm going to be
singing with tonight. You really have a Donny crush,
don't you? You still do. I'm not ashamed to admit it, either! (BOTH LAUGH) you name it, you got it, baby. We all have teenage crushes. Of course, of course. Think mine has never left me. The star has arrived!

She's here.

Really looking forward
to hearing you tonight. Susan, what's it like
being touched by Donny? What an embarrassing question. I'm glad to be here.
Yeah. And I want to do my best. Ladies and gentlemen, Susan Boyle. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) # This is the moment...# This is the time of your life. Indeed. It's the moment. The moment of your life.
That's right. # This is the moment. # You're an example for anybody
out there who has a dream and wants to try but thinks,
"Maybe I'll never make it." Never say never -
look what happened to me. # The greatest moment

# Of them all. #


Thank you. What do you think Mum
would be thinking right now? Think she'd be looking down saying,
"Good on you, Susan. Keep going."

That duet is on Susan's new album
'Standing Ovation' which will be released
on November 16 and the musical 'I Dreamed a Dream'
will tour Australia from June next year. Details are on our website. Next -

nine adopted children and one of the
happiest families you'll ever meet, so why can't it happen here?

It's because of adoption
is where I am now. Hey, there's this kid
driving with his feet - you should look into this. Everyone deserves a shot. Mummy. Watch what they can do... That is amazing! Watch what the human spirit can do when you put it in an environment
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The Dennehys
are one remarkable family - 12 children, 9 of them adopted
from 6 different countries and they wouldn't have it
any other way. But it's something -
as Hugh Jackman and his wife found - that could never happen here. Alex Cullen reports.

George Dennehy
is like any other teenager. He likes to drive -
hands-free of course - and loves his music loud. Better.

And you just
change the channel and... Yeah, just real quick. There's nothing ordinary
about how George drives. The only modification to his car
is an extra long indicator. It just makes it easier
for me to hit the signals. Ah, that's the...OK. And do you get some crazy looks? When I first started driving,
the police got a lot of calls and people are like calling them and they're like "Hey, there's this
kid driving with his feet! "I think he's drinking,
you should look into this case" and then they're like, "Oh, no,
that's just George." I want to ask you how you felt
growing up without arms. You know, it's weird. You're a kid and you want to fit in but being me,
you can't really fit in. You're forced to stand out.

And stand out George did,
right from his birth in Romania. Born without arms
for no known medical reason, his poverty-stricken parents
couldn't provide for him so gave him to an orphanage. In the orphanage
I wasn't taken care of at all because in Romania, having
a disability is viewed as a curse. They kind of just let me be
and gave me food here and there, I guess.

When I was one years old,
I weighed nine pounds and, ah, I was just... The hospital report said
I was going to die very soon. A photo of George was published in an American adoption agency
newsletter. There was a little tiny
black-and-white picture of George. "Born in Romania with no arms.
Desperately needs a loving home." Mike Dennehy, an Apple software
designer, and his wife, Sharon, had three kids of their own. They wanted to share their success and make a difference
in someone else's life. The last line
of George's medical report says "This boy will soon die." Mike and Sharon
flew to the orphanage in Romania. We wanted to look at his shoulders
when we first met him and Sharon
started to take his sweater off and the nurses went,
like, "No, don't do that" and kind of coached us
not to look at him. It was hard.
That's a bad start to get in life. You should tell them
about his little smile. I want to hear about the smile. OK, the first time we met him
in the orphanage he was, as Mike said, really sickly and I held him and smiled at him
and talked to him and he just had this big smile
come across his face and it was like,
there's life in there somewhere and it encouraged me, that there's
potential here to help this boy. They decided to adopt George. In America, he would begin to find
and put his faith in his feet. He had to learn to walk. When he made a mistake - wham! -
he'd hit his head on the cement. So we had to get him helmets
to protect him because a guy could only take
so many whacks on the head. He proved to be capable of tasks,
which looked impossible. We put a bottle in front of him, he'd pick it up with his feet,
hold it and feed himself. Basketball...

..even skateboarding.

There was nothing he wouldn't try,
very little he couldn't do. But after adopting, George,
Mike and Sharon didn't stop. Come to lunch! SHARON: Alright,
let's go find a seat. They adopted James from India,
also born without arms. It's probably a little like
bungee jumping. The first one is terrifying,
the second one is scary, the third one, you're like,
"What am I doing now?" The third was Caris from China. Next stop - Ethiopia - where they planned to adopt
one child but ended up with three, all sisters - Tamer, Kali and Andy.

It's just so rewarding,
you just want to keep going, yeah. And keep going, they did -
Siobhan and Tom from America.

But the latest and loudest addition
is 7-year-old Hope. Born in Thailand
without arms or legs.

Hope is Mike and Sharon's
12th child, the ninth to be adopted. I'll be right back, bye! (LAUGHS)

SHARON: First thing she says
when she meets people is "I have a mum and dad and I have
lots of brothers and sisters!" So she's really excited about it. Hey guys! Hey! Hello, hello, hello.
Hello. Hope goes to school
with her brothers and sisters. She gets around in a wheelchair. OK, thank you, ma'am. Bye. And wherever she goes,
she's a handful but no-one seems to mind. Like George, Hope has found a way
to do most things - even pat the dog.

Organised chaos? Exactly, yeah. That's a good term. That's about what it is, yeah. Somehow it works. We always tell 'em,
"Pretend you're on an island "and you have to
figure it out yourself "and come to us as the last..." 'Cause if they got, if 12 of them
got in the mode of needing something and just asking us for it,
we'd be dead. That's how we survive, I think. But it makes them independent. Using those two...
Yeah. ..and then I'm only using this toe.
Your big toe? Yep, to get these three strings.

And then I'm using the pinkie toe
and the big toe together on the B minor.
That's just...oh my god, wow. The D.
Awesome, awesome.

Low five!
Thank you. Alright.

But George could not have imagined where his incredible talent
would take him. After performing at a local fair
in June, George put this video online. (SINGS) # Yeah, you bleed
just to know you're alive # And I don't want the world
to see me... # Thousands watched,
including The Goo Goo Dolls, the band that wrote the song. Next thing George knew... Take it! # And I don't want the world
to see me... ..he was the rock star,
stealing the show. # When everything's
meant to be broken, # I just want you to know
who I am. # (CHEERING)

And I remember
John from the Goo Goo Dolls screams out to all 7,000 people,
you know, "Let's give it up for George!" Let's give it up for George! (CROWD SHOUTS)

Everybody deserves a shot,
watch what they can do. And that's what you say to people
considering adoption? I do. How many times in your life do you get a chance to save
someone else's life? But under Australia's
strict adoption laws, this amazing family would,
in all likelihood, never have happened. This is why Australia is one of
the toughest places in the world to adopt a child - more than 1,000 pages
of adoption red tape. You see, every state and territory
has its own laws - Victoria, New South Wales. So many rules
and so many regulations that just looking at these, it's no wonder Australian couples
feel this system is failing them. I had friends that had
foster children for probably nine years or something and they were trying to adopt
from probably year two, so it was years and years
just went by. Pete Gunning is Australian. His wife, Leila, American. When they married,
they settled in Sydney where they planned to stay
and have children. Some people, it's, you know,
they can clock it down to, "Hey, which month
do we want to get pregnant?" but we realised pretty quickly
that that wasn't the case for us. They couldn't afford IVF and adoption in Australia
could cost as much as $50,000. Even more distressing was the wait -
seven years is considered normal. For most, that's way too long. If we're gonna do adoption, we gotta get somewhere
where we can do it. So Pete and Leila left Australia
and moved to the United States. They've been here 11 months. They've been approved,
the nursery is ready and their baby could come any day. Just put it there. I'll set it up. Leila, what's the thing
you look forward to the most about having your own child? Um, gosh...

No-one's been brave enough
to ask that question. I know. What is it?

I mean,
there's so many little things like just having someone
call me mum - I just can't even really fathom it. But I know when it happens,
it's going to feel really wonderful.

(SPEAKS ROMANIAN) You never know
what a kid's life in an orphanage, can bring if given the opportunity. Mami.

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This is Oscar and this is Ava. Dad is Hugh Jackman
and mum is Deborra-Lee Furness. They wanted to adopted in Australia but opted for the US where
the system is simpler and faster - a choice that saddens Deborra-Lee. How would you describe the state
of adoption laws in Australia right now? Not good. We are not doing a good job. In fact, we have the lowest numbers
in the world of numbers of babies being adopted. How different is the system
in the US? Well, I went through the US system
and we jumped through the same hoops and it was facilitated
within a year. And had you stayed in Australia
to adopt...? I might still be waiting. You would be. There's every chance you would be. Exactly. Australia is one of the
wealthiest countries in the world but our adoption rate,
one of the poorest. While Australian couples
are tied up in red tape, in other parts of the world, better adoption systems are creating
new families and changing lives. None more so than George Dennehy. Now 18,

George hadn't seen his Romanian mum since she gave him up for adoption
just after his birth.

he made a surprise return. He had no idea what would happen. (SPEAKS ROMANIAN)

A Romanian television crew
recorded the reunion. Mami. Mami. (SPEAKS ROMANIAN)

Your father. He's your father.

I love you.


I love you.

George's unexpected life
is really just getting under way. Now he has a girlfriend, Victoria. Hey.

It's really reassuring for me to know that she cares about me
and loves me, just the same. She does not care at all
that I don't have arms and she just knows me for me and not
for what I don't have or whatever. So that speaks a lot to me. 'Cause, you know... She's a special girl, huh? Yeah.

She's really great.

What an adventure, huh? You're here. Awesome.
You are awesome. I was adopted
and there were two options for me - either dead or where I am now

and it's because of adoption
is where I am now.

In Australia,
it is so difficult to adopt. It takes a long time
and it costs a lot of money. What do you think of that? Hopefully stories like this will make people work towards
making that easier for people because it makes such a difference. When you give them a family, you're actually giving them
a place they belong forever. And you will shape
their whole future so any barriers that can be removed
to make that happen faster, especially when you're
the child, right?

Alex Cullen there. Attorney-General Nicola Roxon's
response to those issues is on our website. Next, The Lost Diggers
of World War I finally on display for all Australians to see.

KERRY STOKES: These were
extraordinary Australians. They were unknown. ROSS COULTHARD: We found them. There was no history. They may have been lost
but they'll never be forgotten. These photos are the key to hundreds
of families reuniting again.

Good evening. A massive explosion has destroyed
a house in Sydney's south and left a man in hospital
with serious burns. Police believe the Hurstville blast
may have been caused by LPG gas. A chef's been airlifted to Sydney after a fire broke out in the kitchen of a Central Coast
restaurant. A young man has been left
with head injuries following a vicious bat attack
at Pyrmont. Charles and Camilla have had
full day of official engagements in Papua New Guinea as part of the Queen's
Diamond Jubilee tour. They arrive in Australia tomorrow. And Hugh Jackman
has helped launch a book written by his former acting teacher in Surry Hills. Mostly sunny and 27 tomorrow.

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Two years after being dramatically
discovered by Sunday Night, a treasure trove of previously unknown and candid
images of Australian troops went on display at the Australian
War Memorial on Friday, thanks to the kind donation
of Kerry Stokes. The Lost Diggers of Vignacourt
were discovered in the attic of a French farmhouse, one of the most important
World War I finds ever made.

Why do you think these images
particularly attract people? Why are they different? KERRY STOKES:
Because they were unknown. Because they were discovered. There was no history. These images represent
the opportunity for hundreds of Australian families
to reunite the legacy, a great legacy they have and these photos are the key to hundreds of families
reuniting again. We found them.

This exhibition showcases
nearly 100 images, selected from Louis and Antoinette
Thuillier collection. The photographs taken in Vignacourt, which opened its hearts
and its homes to our diggers. They bonded

as only good people can bond
in really bad times. Vignacourt
was a day's march from hell but also was, for our diggers,
a refuge from that awful reality. MARIE: Allez, hop! They went to the barn
at Lewis and Antoinette Thuillier for the camera,
they posed and played up. Like any young Australians today,
they put on brave faces.

Tragically, most of the photos of many of the men in them
never made it home. The flash of the camera
was replaced by the flash of cannon the next day.

But now, they have come home. Their images,
perhaps some of their last smiles, did survive, embedded in the negatives
of the day. These were
extraordinary Australians. Their lives and bravery,
part of our fabric of our country and part of the fabric
of our history. They may have been lost
but they'll never be forgotten.

It's fantastic.


The Lost Diggers exhibition
will be on display until the end of July next year
and will then tour Australia. And Sunday Night has 100 copies
of 'The Lost Diggers' book, written by our own Ross Coulthart,
to give away. It's not only packed
with those wonderful images but also the fascinating stories
behind the photos. If you would like the chance
to obtain a copy, just visit our website. On 'Today Tonight' this week - she killed her boyfriend
but was it murder?

I can't understand
why she killed him. I just held it right
against my chest, just trying to keep distance
between us. Mark's family believe
that you got away with murder. I'm not a killer.
I am not a murderer.