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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. DAVID KOCH: Heavy rain, strong winds
and hail batter Sydney bringing down a shopping centre
roof, trees and powerlines. So could it happen again today?

A wild scuffle at the Melbourne Cup
makes headlines around the world. Now, the woman in the blue dress
is hitting back at her critics. Charles and Camilla's next stop
on their Aussie tour. Also, need we say more?

# Let's go crazy, crazy, crazy
till we see the sun # I know we've only met
but let's pretend it's love... # The band's new album is out today.

# And live while we're young #

Right across Australia,
this is Sunrise on Seven. From Brekky Central,
Kochie and Mel.

Sorry

sorry)

sorry).Good timing. Hi, good timing. Good morning and welcome to Friday. Put my teeth back in.

Also this morning,
the power struggle - electricity bills are going up, but does the government actually
have a plan to help families? And more details
on how you can get tickets to the television event
of the year - our Coldplay concert on Thursday. But for now,
it's news time with Nat. Good morning. Residents in Sydney's west
are cleaning up after a powerful storm cell
toppled trees and brought down powerlines. A man was trapped when live
powerlines collapsed on his car at Cambridge Park. The rain was so heavy, it collapsed part of the roof
at a nearby shopping centre. There was a lot of panic
in the centre, especially by the shop owners. Customers were a bit frantic but more amazed by how much damage
was caused by the rain. Hail in Penrith
where wind gusts peaked at 107km/h. The storm cut power to around
10,000 homes and businesses. The SES responded
to almost 200 calls for help. A popular Queensland museum
has gone up in flames this morning. Emergency crews were called
to the North Ipswich Rail Museum at around 1am. The building was well alight. Police are treating the fire
as suspicious and remain on scene this morning,
guarding the site. A popular tourist attraction, parts of the museum were destroyed
in an arson attack last year. An Australian mother will face court
in Malaysia this morning, charged with drug trafficking. Emma L'Aiguille was arrested
in Kuala Lumpur in July. It's alleged the 34-year-old nurse
from Perth had a kilo of methamphetamines
in the car she was driving. She's hoping to do a deal
with prosecutors and have the case dropped. If found guilty,
she faces the death penalty. No Australian woman
has ever been executed overseas. Aircraft engineers say
the latest round of Qantas job cuts will compromise
the airline's safety. Yesterday, Qantas confirmed it's axing 450 jobs
in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as 50 other positions
around the country. Not a good day for Australia, mate. More than 1,200 workers at the
airline's engineering department have been made redundant this year. A National Park's rescue team
will today try to save a baby whale tangled in a fishing trap
off the New South Wales coast. Rescue efforts were abandoned
yesterday due to bad weather and danger posed by the
humpback calf's protective mother. The whales are expected
to head south along the coast as they continue
their annual migration. Experts say the entanglement isn't
life threatening at this stage. Prince Charles and Camilla will continue their whirlwind tour
of Australia today. They touched down in Sydney
last night after flying in from Tasmania. The grey skies and drizzle no doubt
providing a little reminder of home. The royal couple will stay in Sydney
until Saturday.

(laughs) OK, that was a low blow...

at Garden Island, as well as the iconic
Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach. Coming up this Sunrise, the Harvard University students
who sent a hamburger into space using just an esky, some plastic
and a weather balloon. But first, here's Kochie.

It's a cool story but first, here is Kochie.The big question: why? But finance news first, let's look at Wall Street, still

Around 50 points down at the moment. Still issues in Greece whether they'll unlock more rescue packages but the news in the US, a big increase in exports in September narrowed their trade deficit so that is good going. Big exports to South America led the way. As expected after the terrible lead from Europe and the US we were down. Commodities were generally up overnight.

Unemployment figures are steady but it seems less people
are looking for work. Craig James is at Commsec. Morning. Craig, what's going on here? Have we become a nation of bludgers?

Well, Kochie, I don't think I would go that far. But what we have seen is the drop in the participation rate. Now that's basically the people in work or looking for work, but I think this is a function of the times. Employers are very, very cautious in the current times. They are not look -- not looking to hire staff. If they're cautious people give up the search for jobs. They say, " say, "There is nothing out there a the moment so I'll sit on the sidelines until things pick up." Looking at the participation rate, the record high is 66% and we are 65% so we are not far off. A lot of countries in the world would give up anything to have our unemployment rate, 5. rate, 5.4% anything to have our unemployment
rate, 5.4%. It is in good shape. We had 10,000 jobs created in the last months, with all the doom-and-gloom headlines you would think it is bad but it is not.I love that tie, an Indigenous theme?It is yes.Very spiffy for a Friday, obviously a big Friday lunch planned. Hey, good luck, Craig is back doing athletics. I was reading his time from last weekend, we want an update Monday morning how you went. Talk to you then, have a good weekend. Beretts Has all the sport from Alberton, Adelaide, God's own country?I Adelaide, God's own country?I knew you would recognise this, Victoria Park. Massive announcement for the Clipsal 500 later this morning.

Australia will have
its greatest ever run-scorer for today's opening test
against South Africa at the Gabba. Ricky Ponting's dodgy hamstring
breezed through a fitness test in a searching net session
and fielding drills yesterday. With Watson out,
Punter will act as vice-captain. The starting XI will be finalised
just before the toss. At this stage, we are still deciding
if we play four fast bowlers The stakes are high with the mantle of cricket's
number one test nation up for grabs. Veteran jockey Jim Cassidy
has turned back the clock with a win in the Crown Oaks
at Flemington. 22 years
after his last Oaks victory,

'The Pumper' delivered on Dear Demi, redeeming himself
after a luckless fourth on the filly in the Wakeful Stakes. Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has
named his team to take on France in tomorrow night's
autumn series opener. Goal-kicking ace Mike Harris
has retained his full-back spot, keeping Berrick Barnes on the bench
while Kurtly Beale is five-eighth. There's been three forward changes. Waratahs prop Sekope Kepu
will make his starting debut while hooker Stephen Moore
will return from a hamstring injury on the bench.

Kochie, you would love it here, beautiful morning in your old home town of Adelaide, a big announcement today about the Clipsal.Excellent. Klgee, you get around Beretts.I like to travel.OK, we'll see you in Perth. Let's go to Grant with the weather. Where do we find you?It's no Kempsey, Adelaide, I can tell no Kempsey, Adelaide, I can you, where you find me today. I am pretty sure I win that one. This planet is a marvellous and mysterious beast, the way she mysterious beast, the way mysterious beast, the way she can whip up fire and brimstone, 40 mL in 40 minutes, rain into the 40 minutes, rain into the western Queensland, 50 Mills there. Western New South Wales, a lot happening. I seem to have tripped outside the capital city.Yes, the belt buckle, your dead give away.I got the RMs on, so I have to do the official AM stance (all laugh) stance (all laugh). I'm a bit out of practice.A natural.The only thing that could top it off is a darn-good hat, and the Akubra, she tops it off. There is many a bushy who has battled a bull in a pen on a dusty day, she day, she been there, the Akubra, wouldn't wear any other hat. Let's look at the forecast.

It's not just a hat, you know, it is an icon. Kempsey is its home and today we are going for it a Guinness world record, the most amount of Akubras in one spot, in Kempsey.It is the home of the Akubra.That's a nice one, I like the chocolate brown, it can brown, it brown, it can be it town one.Yes, me town hat.

Still ahead on Sunrise - the hamburger
that's out of this world. Plus, Kikoto the giraffe
swaps Dubbo for Sydney. But is she settling in
to her new home at Taronga Zoo?

Gee, they're all on the move, the giraffes.

And Prince Charles and Camilla continue their royal tour
of Australia. They touched down in Sydney
last night. We'll plot their day ahead, next.

(HAPPY MUSIC)

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and you'll only see them perform
live on Sunrise. The world's biggest band
will rock out at Australia's most famous icon -
the Sydney Opera House. Coldplay, live and exclusive -
only on Sunrise next week. Prince Charles and Camilla are nearing the end
of their Australian tour but they still have a few items
left on the itinerary. The royal couple will spend time
in Sydney today after touching down last night. Yesterday, they had
an action-packed day in Hobart, visiting the historic village
of Richmond, a sheep stud and the headquarters of
the Australian Antarctic division.

The head cheerleader of the Charles and Camilla fan club, Edwina has been with them all the way and loving it. What you up to today? Today they make it to our biggest city, Sydney, Kochie, it is gloomy outside today. The intention was them to cross the harbour by boat from admrlt house and meet with defence families. If it rains the plan might change a bit but they will still head to Garden Island. They will head to the Museum of Contemporary Arts and view wool, as patron of the wool association, then pop into Bondi Beach and Icebergs and have an NRL demonstration and then to the Opera House for a diamond jubilee reception, and I imagine exclusive drinks.They are OK, they are English with the rain. The highlights of Hobart?It was rainy there yesterday, they started in the tiny town of Richmond, where we brought you the show yesterday. It is absolutely beautiful. This is a sheep stud near there, again, to do with Charles's association with wool. He was wearing an Australian merino wool, especially for the occasion, he looked out of place on the farm but he viewed a shearing demonstration here as well. A fourth generation farming family. This is in the town of Richmond where we broadcast from yesterday. There were hundreds of people lining the streets. They walked through the entire town, had a beer at the Richmond Arms Hotel, much to the delight of the keeper, he is a fan of Sunrise, they are going to engrave the glass and put it in a container. And then the Huon pine. There are were younger, older and middle-aged people who are fans of the royals?Thank you, that is nice to know. They have packed a lot in. It has been like a contiki tour? Yes, kind of without the booze and other associated activities.They seem to have the a drink every day along the line.Just a sip. I think he took this much out of it. The quote was, " quote was, "It's 6:00 quote was, "It's 6:00 somewhere in the world." Two more days, that's all I have got to say. No, it has been fun.Oh!No, it has been fun. It's exhausting. Of course, they leave at 7:00, we can't get a flight until 10:00, hence, not being able to string a sentence together, not being able to get home until 11:00 last night.We'll call Jetstar for you. Toughen up, princess.Stop it, very mean. Eddy, she has been working hard. I'll make you a cup of tea.Get a real job.(violin plays) tea.Get a real job.(violin plays). You take care, rest up. Stop the music, she has been working terribly hard. They get to sleep on the long-haul flight.Come on!

And Sunrise correspondent
Edwina Bartholomew

Still to come - just who is the man set to become
China's leader for the next decade? Plus, an Aussie mum in court
in Malaysia on drug charges. She faces the death penalty
if found guilty. And the burger that's gone
where no burger has gone before.

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live on Sunrise. Next week.

Making news around the world
this morning is the woman caught on video in a
wild scuffle at the Melbourne Cup. The world's biggest website,
London's Daily Mail Online, says it's as jaw-dropping
as it is hilarious. The Brits are having a field day
with this, saying those who've watched the clip reckon it's disgusting
and disgraceful. But the woman in the blue dress
has responded online. She says she'd been drugged
and is ashamed of her behaviour. So what does the video do
for our reputation overseas? Do we care?

Feel sorry for the woman caught on camera?Can I just say two words: football hooligans? Come on, we don't judge all Poms based on them. Exactly, take note, Poms.

Also making news,
the one-man complaining machine. Henry Romanowski has made more noise
complaints about Sydney Airport than anyone else. He's responsible for two-thirds
of all complaints about the airport, almost 20,000 of them
in the past year alone. That's around one complaint for every 20 minutes
the airport is open.

What a phone bill.Yeah, exactly, good point.

And yet, he lives more than
30km away from it in Kellyville.

We have someone here in the studio who lives in Kelly Vlle and he said he doesn't hear much. Is he just a guy who likes to complain?I guess if he made 20,000 complaints he might be a bit of a complainer. You live in the city, there will be sirens and things.A neighbour? sirens and things.A neighbour??No, don't speak out.

Now, I have an apology to make.

Can we put the tape on this? Yesterday, (sighs) Yesterday, (sighs), the kids go back to Hong Kong today, my grandkids, so it is always a bit sad, so I decided to look after Oscar and Matilda for the day, so I took them to one of those big play centres, the huge ones, massive, like that? All went swimmingly until Matilda yelled out and said Oscar had weeed and pooed his pants on the top level and wasn't coming down.This is great. And I am, " And I am, "Oscar, come down now! And I am, "Oscar, come down now!." He wouldn't come down, he is out of nappies.Wouldn't happen in our day. Got to discipline your kids, people. This is the sandfit play centre. So I'm climbing up through tunnels and over those kiddy...Get wet in one of those.The wee is... of those.The wee is....No! of those.The wee is....No!! Dripping down.My goodness. Horrifying. Another very kind lady, it is why I feel so bad, is wiping up on the lower level, thinking it was her daughter.This is great!I was mortified, I rescued Oscar and slinked out of there without apologising.Oh!So I apologise to that lady because it was just... Terrible, David.Thank you so much. And everyone else in the centre. It's like farting in an elevator and blaming someone else.Matilda and I gagged all the way home.If you were at the centre yesterday and you saw the Kochmeiste sneak. the Kochmeiste sneak... We had fun until that moment.

Ahead this Sunrise - a new home for Australia's
most famous giraffe. Plus, a warning about
the dangers of social media And the Aussie mum facing court
on drug charges in Malaysia. She faces the death penalty
if found guilty.

It's bolder, it's sportier, and it's more fun than ever
to drive. The all-new Corolla has arrived. # Oh, sometimes
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Now it's time
for the news headlines. Here's Nat.

Residents in Sydney's west
are cleaning up after a freak storm cell
cut power to almost 10,000 people. The SES responded
to almost 200 calls for help, including a collapsed ceiling at a busy Horningsea Park
shopping centre. Mostly, it's leaking roofs, there's also a few trees that have
come down from the storm as well. I've been aware there was actually
flooding in the Penrith area as well.

One man was trapped when live
powerlines collapsed on his car. And we'll cross live to
The Weather Channel a little later to check on the forecast.

And at 7 o'clock we'll go live
to storm zone and then get the latest word
on today's forecast. Police have launched
a critical incident investigation after a man died following a confrontation
with police last night. He was arrested and handcuffed
at Bulli, near Wollongong before he stopped breathing. Officers and paramedics
commenced CPR but the man couldn't be revived.

Queensland police are treating
a fire at a museum in Ipswich as suspicious.

Emergency crews were called
to the North Ipswich Rail Museum at around 1am. They found the building
engulfed in flames. Police are on the scene
this morning, inspecting the site. Parts of the popular
tourist attraction were destroyed in an arson attack
last year. The Gillard Government's plans
to cut power prices by charging consumers less
for off-peak use have hit their first hurdle. The state governments
have vowed to fight deregulation and plans to price electricity
according to demand. I'm not going to be bullied
by our Prime Minister into privatising electricity assets, I'm not going to do that at all. Coalition state governments argue
the current rules protect consumers while Tony Abbott has blamed raising
power prices on the carbon tax. Aussie supermodel Miranda Kerr
has lit up the runway at the annual Victoria's Secret
Fashion Show in New York. Looking angelic,

all eyes were on the 29-year-old
mum's show-stopping ensemble. Fellow Angel Alessandra Ambrosio
stole some of the limelight, wearing this year's
highly anticipated $2.5 million fantasy bra.

Can you buy those.Enough of that. Cut the footage now, got other important things. Hello? Anyone? Anyone out there? Back to me!

Royal watchers in Sydney
have braved cold and wet weather to catch a glimpse of Prince Charles
and his wife Camilla. The royals flew into
a dark and gloomy Sydney last night after spending yesterday
in Tasmania. It's the fifth state stop on the action-packed tour that
won't let up today. They'll visit the Defence Force
personnel at Garden Island, as well as the iconic
Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach.

Let's continue the financial theme now. And Victoria's Secret's parent company had a good night on Wall Street last night, up 1 per cent in its

The live trading, the Dow is down 63 points. Although better-than-expected export figures out, the US really kicked things along, which was great. Commodities were generally up overnight.

The Aussie dollar is on the rise again.

That trip to Europe is getting even cheaper. Don't forget, 11:00 Sunday morning, 'Small Business Show', business builders, got great case studies.If it makes you feel better, the Victoria's secret show donated $ donated $1 million to the storm victims.That's half a bra? Terrific, half a bra. A man who has gone nowhere near a man bra.Where you going with this?He's's Beretts. Yeah, thanks, a big day today in Adelaide as we launch the Clipsal 500 for next year. Some incredible announcements, we will get to those in a second.

A leaked dossier
detailing Australia's tactics for today's first test
against South Africa has been dismissed by both captains. And Seven's latest recruit,
former test opener Matthew Hayden, has rubbished the document as Australia and the Proteas prepare
for a real fight at the Gabba. It is the classic case of
stating the pure bleeding obvious and at the end of the day,
it's just so dismissive.

Hayden, who was a renowned sledger, believes the South Africans
are still mentally weak. He's nominated current opener
Dave Warner to antagonise fiery Proteas quick
Dale Steyn. Roger Federer has won his
12th consecutive Tour finals match, overcoming David Ferrer
in straight sets to secure his spot in the semis. It's the 31-year-old's
70th victory of the year, the first time he's reached
that figure since 2006. And London's golden girl
Jacqueline Freney has been named Australian
Paralympian of the Year. The 20-year-old had a 100% record
at the London Paralympics, claiming eight gold medals
and setting two world records to become the most
successful athlete of all time at a single Paralympics.

Great recognition and well deserved. Grant Denyer, I know you know how big the Clipsal 500 here. But this is the third time is the third time I have come, every year the launch event is a big deal in its own right, there are thousands of people here for it and they won't go away disappointed. There will be big announcements, including the cars of the future.I am looking forward to the slow reveal my friend, that is an amazing heck of a traic and an amazing -- heck of a track and amazing. Looking forward to putting Kempsey on the map for a very special reason, home of the Akubra and it is about to be home of a Guinness world record. We are hoping for 1,000, Akubra-wearing people from Kempsey to set a record. Who is ready to set a record?(all: Who is ready to set a record?(all:) yes.I said who is ready to set a record?(all) yes! (whip cracks) record?(all) yes! (whip cracks).We celebrate a great Australian that have been on the head of Australians for generations, whether you are a man on the land or heading into town, this is my town hat but I spilled my pie on it, so now it is my working hard. But first, the forecast.

Sunrise weather brought to you by new non-drowsy easy-to-swallow
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and South Australia. A high in the west is clearing
the interior of South Australia and most of Western Australia.

Righto, make your way in, safely. Well done for celebrating an Australian icon, kids, how you going? I'm like a sheep dog, rounding you up, come on you little scallywags, come on you little scallywags, get in there. Hey, listen to the bloke with the belt. Grant is a ninny.I nearly blinded you with the amazingness of my awesome belt buckle. Are you having

No. Just wokeb up.It didn't work that

,I hit him with the whip! See you in half an hour.

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sending a hamburger into space. You have to see it to believe it. And the Aussie mum charged
with trafficking drugs in Malaysia goes back to court. We'll find out how she's coping.

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'Weekend Sunrise'
from 7am Saturday and Sunday. A look at Sydney
through our Jetstar skycam.

Moist, close, I think, today, muggy. Good morning, a possible storm later today. A top of 25, Charles and Camilla's visit.

charged with drug trafficking. Emma L'Aiguille was arrested
in Kuala Lumpur in July. It is alleged

she had a kilo of methamphetamines
in the car she was driving. If found guilty,
she faces the death penalty. Seven News reporter Laurel Irving
is in Kuala Lumpur and joins me now. Good morning. What's expected to happen today?

Well, Kochie, certainly, the family of Jelal Well, Kochie, certainly, the family Well, Kochie, certainly, the Emma L'Aguille are hoping there will be good news today. Her lawyers have always argued the case against her was pretty weak, they were in the back seat, no evidence the drugs wer Emmas, it was only the car she was driving. Three other people left the scene. Her mother told the court, she was already planning a life beyond jail and back in Australia. Her lawyers have formally asked to drop the drug trafficking charge. So we might get a response today. It is set down technically as a mention, we are meant to get the chemist's report back on report back report back on the drug test.That sounds good, bah if she is found guilty of drug trafficking, it comes with pretty serious consequences?It is mandatory for drug trafficking, no-one has any say, it is mandatory if you are found guilty of drug trafficking it is the death penalty. It is not happening as often as it used but it is not unprecedented. Of course, we all remember Barlow and Chamers. Her family are trying not to get their hopes up but they realise how serious it is.How is she holding up?She's pretty good. Look, I saw her here in court a month ago. Her mother and sister were here for the first time, it was an emotional time, it was the first time they have been able to hug since Emma's arrest but after that she relaxed and was laughing and joking, and laughing and joking with me at times. It is very serious but she seems OK. She has spent some time in the prison hospital being treated for depression. It is a roller-coaster. She told me it is very clean and she is sharing with a number of other foreign women in the jail and she is doing OK.OK, Laurelle, thank you, keep us up to date.

A group of university students has sent a hamburger
where no burger has gone before - to the edge of space. Why? Well, it was
all in the name of science. And now the experiment
is a viral hit online. Science is all about
pushing the boundaries and for five mates from Harvard, sending a hamburger into space
was just the ticket. We're going to send the
first hamburger into space today. The students spent 30 hours
over 2 weekends preparing for the big launch. But they had to make sure the burger
would survive the epic journey. It's a couple of days old, actually. But that's good
because we needed it to be hard. We sprayed it
with some spray-on varnish, because it's just going to get
shredded apart in the wind. Using an esky, a parachute,
a weather balloon and a camera, it was time for lift-off. Three, two, one!

('Space Odyssey 2000' theme plays)

A GPS tracking device
followed the burger's ascent.

'Star Wars' theme plays) 'Star Wars' theme plays).

In two hours, it had climbed
to an altitude of 30,000m. The balloon popped and the plummet back down to earth
was half as quick but not as smooth.

The burger became stuck in a tree more than 200km away
from where its journey began. Getting it down was a challenge.

So that's the end of our day.

It took us a few shots
to not get it, because we couldn't get it. Luckily for us, there's
a storm tomorrow and the day after, so maybe that will help us out
to try to get it back. And it did - mission accomplished.

Stay tuned for their next mission. Heres's Mel. It is whou they call it fast food. Sorry, stay

Sydney's Taronga Zoo has welcomed
its newest member of the family. After a 5-hour road trip, 2-year-old giraffe Kitoto
settled into her new home. She was transported in a
specially designed crate from Dubbo. Kitoto is now the fourth giraffe
in the herd at Taronga. She's expected to meet her
new room-mates later this morning. Giraffekeeper Tracy Roberts
from Taronga Zoo joins us. Tracy, can you tell us why Kitoto
has made the journey to Sydney?

She looked quite comfortable. She looked like she was having a lovely time looking around from the back of her crate?Yes, she did travel very, very well and interested in the scenery. She remained calm all afternoon. We are very happy with that.Gorgeous, is that her over your left shoulder peaking out this morning and enjoying the new view? Yes, just look at the shortest giraffe you can see and that's little Kitoto.Gorgeous, why has she moved to the big smoke?Well, we really wanted another giraffe for our little herd here. It is great for their social dynamics. I found the previously shorter gruraff, Zarafa is happy to have someone shorter than her.And Jimiyu, the bloke there, he is happy to see her? They were all pleased to see her yesterday and went straight over, licking her face. I think they will be happy to have her amongst them today.Gorgeous, Tracy, there she is, peering out. Who else is behind you? Introduce us to the family? I am assuming people can come down this weekend and meet them?Yes, the whole herd will be out on exhibit all weekend. Looking over the, the tallest giraffe is the male, Jimiyu and then Nyota, the oldest giraffe in there, she is 19 years in there, she is 19 years old, very tall in there, she is 19 years old, very tall old for a giraffe and then Zarafa, happy to have someone shorter than her.I remember meeting jimmy, and I dared ask how he could tell them apart and he was horrified, it was like asking a parent to tell the difference in their children.They have different face.I am sure, I am glad the move went well, all the best to Kitoto, we will check in later. Aren't they cute?They are very cute. Doing a royal weather watch out here today, I think Charles and Camilla need a bit of a brolly.I hope they're watching.A little rain in Sydney and apparently another storm towards the end of the day as well. So, Charles and Camilla, pack your galoshas.

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We reported yesterday
'Modern Family' star Ariel Winter was removed from her home
by Child Services.

We were shocked by this story yesterday. Now her mum has yesterday. Now her mum has since responded. What has she said?It continues to be a disturbing story. Of course, she plays 14-year-old Alex Dumfy on 'Modern Family' and her mother has spoken out saying it is completely untrue. Ariel's younger brother jimmy, defends his mother saying the allegations are untrue. However, there is a stay-away order, she must stay 100 yards away from Ariel. Ariel has gone back to work, she remains, arial, in -- Ariel in the temporary custody of her older sister. As we mentioned yesterday, she spent years in care with similar allegations. Court papers say she was subjected to physical abuse, name calling, insults about her weight and attempts to sexualise her, being deprived of food, etc. deprived of food, etc.. It is going to turn very nasty, very quickly. That is such a shame. OK, thank you, Nelson, appreciate it. Top stories now on Sunrise.

Heavy rain, strong winds and hail
batter Sydney, bringing down a shopping centre
roof, trees and powerlines. So could it happen again today? A wild scuffle at the Melbourne Cup
makes headlines around the world. Now, the woman in the blue dress
is hitting back at her critics. Charles and Camilla's next stop
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Hello again, and thanks for
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Also this morning, more details
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of the year - our Coldplay concert on Thursday. Right now, though, it's time
for the news of the day with Nat. Good morning. Residents in Sydney's west are
facing a big clean-up this morning after a powerful storm hit the area, toppling trees
and bringing down powerlines. Dark clouds hover
over Sydney's skyline before strong winds and heavy rain
launch debris through the air. The wind gusts peaked at 107km/h
at Penrith, bringing large hail stones
and 18mm of rain in just 15 minutes.

One man was trapped when
live powerlines collapsed on his car at Cambridge Park.

Rescue crews helpless
until the power was switched off. At Horningsea Park,
the rain was so heavy the ceiling collapsed
at a busy shopping centre. The gutters basically
couldn't handle the flow of water that was coming in. There was a lot of panic
in the centre, especially by the shop owners. Customers were a bit frantic but more amazed at how much damage
was caused by the rain. At Ingleburn, the wind so powerful, it ripped trees
right out of the ground. Just hail and rain and wind
blew our window out upstairs, took all these trees out
out the back, all these big gum trees
smashed in half. Blew all the bins down here and
took the front gate off the joint. Nearly 10,000 homes and businesses
were left without power after the storm and the SES responded
to almost 200 calls for help. Mostly, it's leaking roofs. There's also a few trees that have
come down from the storm, as well. I've been made aware that
there's actually flooding in the Penrith area as well. Over now,
but the clean-up is just beginning. Seven News reporter Sarah Coates
joins us now from Ingleburn. Morning, Sarah.
What are we expecting today?

Good morning, Nat, not the news residents here in western Sydney wanted to wake up to this morning with news there are possible thunderstorms this afternoon. Now, we have been told they are not expected to be as severe as what we saw yesterday but it still could hamper clean-up efforts. The forecast is for more rain and a possible thunderstorm this afternoon so State Emergency Service crews are an alert.Thank you.

Fire has gutted a popular
tourist attraction in Brisbane. Emergency crews were called
to the North Ipswich Rail Museum at around 1am. They found the building
engulfed in flames, the top level
and two neighbouring properties were badly damaged. Police are on the scene this morning
inspecting the site. They believe the blaze
may have been deliberately lit. A senior police investigator has challenged
the New South Wales Premier to launch an investigation
into child sex abuse by the Catholic Church. Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox
has written to Barry O'Farrell, calling for a royal commission.

There is so much power and
organisation behind the scenes that police don't have the powers
to go in and seize documents and have them disclose things to us. Having spent 20 years
investigating child sex abuse in the Hunter region, Inspector Fox alleges the
Catholic Church destroyed evidence to protect paedophile priests. China's outgoing president as the nation's Communist Party
meets to choose a new leader. Reporter Adrian Brown joins us live
from Beijing. Adrian, do we know
who the new leader will be and what does it mean
for our region?

Well, the next man who is going to rule this country is a man called Harold Pinter, a technocrat, -- Xi Jinping, we don't know that much about him, but former Kevin about him, but former Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said we can and do business with mim. He will be selected, not elected. Remember, ordinary people have no say in this contest. They are kept away from the Congress of the Communist Party that has ruled this country for 63 years. But yesterday, the outgoing President, hugin tew warned the party was in dangerous of collapse because of widening corruption and the need for reform. But it was his words about corruption that stirred interest. It was a direct reference to a spate of recent corruption scandals that have implicated senior leaders. scandals that have implicated senior leaders.S scandals that have implicated seniorLeaders. And there is a feeling as the country faces severe economic head winds, the current model is not working and they have to change.What is the response to those corruption comments? Because they were pretty strong?Well, they are, of course people read about these corruption scandals online and also on China's equivalent of Twitter. And these are really an area for ordinary people to bend their -- vent their spleen and anger against the government. You go online and see these comments, it is extraordinary. It has become a sort of release valve, if you like, for the population but we have to remember, Nat, there are daily protests in this country. There is growing worker unrest and sense the country is straddling dangerous faultlines at the moment.OK, Adrian Brown, we thank you for your your update live from Beijing this morning.

Royal watchers in Sydney
have braved cold and wet weather to catch a glimpse of Prince Charles
and his wife, Camilla. The royals flew into
a dark and gloomy Sydney last night after spending yesterday
in Tasmania. It's the fifth state stop
on the action-packed tour that won't let up today. They'll visit the Defence Force
personnel at Garden Island, as well as the iconic
Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach. Ahead on Sunrise - it's time for parents to buckle up as thousands of teens
pack their suitcases to head off to schoolies
on the Gold Coast.

Thank you, Nat, Wall Street is down again, about 67 points on the Dow

Markets on Wall Markets on Wall Street are at a real tipping point. Take a look at this chart. This is what is getting investors excited, this is the broader S & P 500, which measures the top 500 companies in the US. What a lot of investors do look the market is doing against the 200-day moving average, the level of the last 200 days. This is the red line here. It is seen as important support for the share market. Look at it. The S & P 500 is just one point ahead of that 200-day moving average. If it drops below, that is normally an indication the market is heading down. So the market has had a pretty good run, up to date For Keeps the last 200 days, is it about to change and go into a downturn? That is really putting pressure on investors overnight. Let's look at our market yesterday, because of the really weak lead from Wall Street, we were down thropoints. So the -- 32 pountsd. So the commodities up.

The Aussie dollar is going gangbusters, not great for exporters but for importers terrific and anyone wanting an overseas holidays. Time for sport with Beretts, who is in good old Adelaide for the launch of next year's Clipsal 500.Sure I am,

South Africa
might be world number ones with the hosts undefeated
at the Gabba over the past 24 years. Seven recruit Matthew Hayden says it's important the Aussies bat first
on the speedy Gabba wicket.

But your rr just got to do it because the batting conditions get so much better as the period goes on. Day two is often the hardest place at the Gabba to bat.

Michael Clarke will wait
until just before the toss before making a decision
on his bowling attack. It's been revealed John Singleton didn't want
Crown Oaks winning jockey Jim Cassidy

to ride Sydney filly Dear Demi
yesterday. The 49-year-old only got the mount because fellow jockey
Nash Rawiller was suspended. Cassidy proved
he was worth the punt, turning back the clock
to win his first Oaks in 22 years.

admits he stuffed up by signing on for a coaching role
with the Brumbies. The rugby union franchise unveiled
the former New South Wales captain as collision coach yesterday But just minutes
after the press conference, Buderus was abruptly informed
the NRL had rejected the bid.

300,000 people will come to the Clipsal 500 next year. It is an enormous event. One of the reasons there is extra interest this year is because of these things. This is the car of the future. We will see brands-new race cars next year, think of Nissan, Mercedes and Holden and Ford will be on the grid. Will Davison is looking at his new car, what do you like about st?Morning, it is a whole new game changer for V8 supercars. It is an exciting time. We are at Clipsal now, the first big race of a big year next year. It has standardized the parts, it has allowed Nissan and Mercedes to play. It has standardized the chassis, the brakes, the rear end, the gearbox, a lot of the things which maybe some teams can have advantages over others, now we will be pretty controlled. It will be faster. It handles probably better. Easier to drive, bigger brakes. As I said, we have done two test days.A better car?Yes, and better future for racing.As you know, Kochie, you have been, it is an awesome event. You add that and it goes cur boom. Yep, Greg Bolton and his team who run it do a great job.They do things well in Adelaide, full stop. Got more later.Let's go to Grant with Kempsey and the weather.You want to talk passion? The Akubra. What stands the test of time these days? In this fast-paced plastic society? The Akubra stands up. It is worth celebrating. What else would you have on the heads of our soldiers when you send them into battle than the Akubra. It is worth the blood and sweat. You love your Akubras don't you?All: yes!Wave them in the air, I want to see them all, big ones, black UN withs, large ones, kids are wearing them, this bloke's got two hats on. Your actual nickname is 2 Hats.Yeah? nickname is 2 Hats.Yeah??Why?I got two hats.What occasion calls for two hats?Something like this. You got your home hat and when you going down town you whack the going down town you whack the snazzy one on.Yep?Efficient, I love it. The youngest?Six weeks old, his name is Calam.Really! Already a name is Calam.Really! Already world record holder. We have got the whole town corralled in the gate. We had to hold them in for 10 minutes to have it legitimately classified for the most amount of people wearing Akubras in the one location? So, anybody need to go to the toilet?All: no.Lucky. Let's start the count, it could go on forever, one... Two, song? (sings) # Some say love # It a river. How about something from Willie Nelson? Let's look at the forecast.

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Guess what? Everybody for your hard work and putting your passion on the line for your town and your hats. Guess what?What?You've got the record! (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) Over 1900 people, 1,900 people. They were hoping for 1,000, they have smashed it. I'll drink to that.Well done. Great, thanks, Grant, see you in half an hour from now.

The Federal Government has released
its final energy white paper to try to help families
cope with rising power bills. The proposals include charging more
for power in peak times, as well as the introduction of
new technologies like smart meters to help people manage their usage. There are also calls for the states to deregulate
their electricity sectors. Power prices have risen a massive
40% in the last three years and a growing number
of Aussie families are struggling to pay their bills.

The boss of AGL says we should all take a cold shower because in real terms electricity prices are the same as 1960. Can you believe that?

So can the Government
bring the cost of electricity down? We're joined by our
Big Guns of Politics. Environment Minister Tony Burke
joins us from Cairns this morning. And in Sydney,
Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey. Good morning to you both. Joe, Tony Abbott says the
white paper is three years too late and if the Government was serious
about reducing power costs, they would scrap the carbon tax. Is that the only solution
the Opposition can offer?

Well, it's a pretty good starting point. The whole object of the carbon tax is to increase the cost of electricity. That's its absolute objective. Let's not beat around the bush and pretend anythingential. The carbon tax -- anything else. The carbon tax is there to increase the price of electricity and it is mission accomplished. Australians are paying more for their electricity, full stop.Consumer network One Big Switch said long-term proposals are good but people need help now. How can your proposal bring it down now?The productivity commission reckons there is $ there is $250 on a household bill in these reforms. They don't have to be incredibly long-term reforms. Pricing, if we can get agreement with the states can happen quickly. If you think about the pricing reforms, get down to what it actually means. If you are someone who is really careful, using your electricity on off-peek and things like that and use it as the times when it should be the cheapest but not getting the full benefit, those people are subsidising someone who puts their air conditioner on 24 hours a day. If you can get the pricing reforms, the opportunity for people to actively reduce their electricity bill happens straight away.What do you think of the comment from the boss of AGL who says in real terms electricity today is the same price as it was in 1960. Have we overblown this?No, why should we? We are far more energy efficient today and hopefully in the production of energy we are far more efficient than we were in 1960. We have got extensive resources available. One of the things that I find a little hypocritical coming out of the white paper yesterday is that it boasts about boosting the export of coal from Australia, yet it wants us to reduce our use of coal in Australia. I mean, the Government's praising both sides of the equation? I thought the use of coal was increasing carbon dioxide emissions. It is why we are going down the path of renewable energies which are hugely expensive but we think it is terrific to send coal to the other side of the world so they can emit carbon dioxide in a fashion. It is bizarre.I was about to come in behind you. I was about to come in behind you on the first half of that. I was about to come in behind on you for the first half of that and say I can't agree more but then you added the political bit at the end. In terms of the comments that have been made that Kochie read out, I don't think there is anyone who looks at an ordinary household bill and agree with that. You look what has been happening for the last three years, well in advance of the carbon price and they are going up and up and up. Of all the conversations people have, it is the leckticity bill -- electricity bill. I reckon those comments you read out from that bloke, Kochie, are hopelessly out of touch..Thank you.

More now on the freak storm
which hit Sydney's west. Residents are continuing to clean up and SES crews are still attending
to calls for help this morning. Seven News reporter Sarah Coates
is at Ingleburn, which is one of the
hard-hit suburbs. Tom Saunders is at Foxtel's
The Weather Channel. Sarah, show us some of the damage
there.

Kochie, just by looking at this place you can see how ferocious the storm must have been. This poor little home had the patio torn little home had the patio torn off, the garage is on the floor, the is holes in the house and there is debris everywhere. Luckily the tree here didn't crash through the roof because it would have totally ruined this whole place. But yes, SES crews will be here later in the day. They have started chopping up trees and trying to get a start on it but they will come back soon to finish the job.Tom, this is called a superKell, what is that?A super cell is the most dangerous type of thunderstorm, they have rotating updraft. It will last much longer than a stand than a standard thunderstorm. It swept southerly across western suburbs, it had large hail and galeforce winds, Penrith had a gust of 107km/h, that is the strongest guest recorded in 17 years and 17 millof rain in 15 minutes. The trough of low pressure that triggered the storm has moved north so our focus is north-east New South Wales and Queensland. We could see a storm in Brisbane later today. For Sydney, the slight chance of thunderstorm this afternoon but unlike yesterday, the storms won't be as intense in. Sydney and they will form in the west, not like the western suburbs of Sydney yesterday though.OK, good to hear. Here is Mel.Actually, it is me.

It's that time of year - schoolies is about to get
into full swing as Year 12 students
in New South Wales finish exams this week. Students in other states will
wind up by the end of the month. Up to 30,000 school leavers
are expected to celebrate on the Gold Coast this year. And as usual, there are warnings about
binge drinking and drug taking. But organisers are also concerned
about the impact on teenagers of technology and the internet. To tell us more, schoolies organiser
Mark Reaburn joins me now. Good morning. How are preparations going?

Started this morning, I noticed. Things are cranked up and organised and next Saturday is night one or day one of schoolies.You raised the issue of technology and the Internet. Tell us how dangerous it can be?The kids need to be conscious, yes they are going to use their phones and video each other, the problem is what the kids face, if they do themselves a disservice like creating a bad image for themselves, that can haunt them not only this year but many years to only this year but many years to. Come. Our mantra is be safe, watch your mates, watch technology-wise as well. There how do you get the message through, if you are 17, 18 and your mum and dad are telling you something you don't always listen? We started this last year, we are getting active on Facebook and Twitter, we do it for the last 24 hours, kids like it going into schoolies. We have got to communicate at their level and it is what we are starting to do, cranked it up last year but we will be very active on it this year.Parents, probably feeling a little anxious if their teens are heding to the GC -- heading to the Gold Coast at the moment. What do you tell them?Keep in touch with the

all the web sites, schoolies. all the web sites, schoolies.Gov. all the web sites, schoolies.Gov.Au, we encourage parents to go to the web site and keep in touch. My two kids have gone through schoolies on the Gold Coast, daughter last year, son two years ago, my niece is here this

I have no problem with the kids coming to schoolies, what we put in place is a safety response. We try to keep the kids as safe as we can. But the kids have to ultimately take responsibility for their own behaviour and they have to look out for each other. Good luck to you and everyone up there. Thanks for joining us. Here is Mel.

The royal couple's whirlwind tour
of Australia continues. Prince Charles and Camilla
touched down in Sydney last night, making New South Wales
the fifth state they've visited in just four days. Sunrise correspondent
Edwina Bartholomew has been hot on their heels and she joins me now. Eddy, what are they getting up to
today?

Well, good news is Mel, it looks like the weather is clearing up. This morning they will travel from by boat to Admirality House to Garden Island and meet with the chief of

defence horse and inspect the troops and a guard of honour and then a wool fashion function at the Museum of Contemporary Arts as his supporting role for wool here and in the United Kingdom. Then on to Bondi Beach where they will play NRL and then the Opera House for a diamond jubilee concert. Following a very busy day in Tasmania yesterday. Let's like. Like.

If only these buildings could talk and the convicts
who built them could see

the future king and queen wandering
down the main street of Richmond. You're looking very smart. The music would suggest
they thought Kochie was coming.

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But Charles and Camilla will do
for 80-year-old Herb McKinley who remembers when the Queen
came to Tassie. Is it rude to ask
how old you were, then? Stone the crows, I'd be about 22. With time tight,
they toured a mini replica Hobart and went straight to the pub for a midi - or a pot down here - of Cascade...

It must be 6:00
somewhere in the world. ..delighting publican Clay Ackroyd So, Clay, this is the actual glass
that he drank from? This is the actual glass
that Charles drank from, yes. What are you going to do with it? I'll probably get it engraved and put it in a little box
and sit it behind the bar. It's thirsty work,
this heir to the throne business, even when you're just
watching the sheering. Sit, stop, stop!

The Prince was wearing a special
suit made of Australia wool - very sharp, even if it did look a little
out of place on a sheep stud. Fortunately, it was weather proof as Tasmania resembled rainy London
for most of the day. A beautiful morning,
now it's started to rain. We forgot our umbrella so kindly in the spirit
of the royal tour, someone has lent us theirs. Yet the royal couple soldiered on to Salamanca Place Where hundreds of Tasmanians
had been waiting all day. After seven full hours
in the 'Apple Isle', they went Hobart to Sydney - from our smallest state
to our biggest city.

You may have noticed the conspicuous absence of our Prime Minister, Julia Gillard throughout the tour. That is because she has been overseas. She will catch up with the royal couple tomorrow and I must say a thank you to the quick drink at the Richmond Arms.And the news room, a quick word about the umbrella, Eddy.

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The news headlines now with Nat. Another thunderstorm is forecast
for Sydney today, hindering the clean-up
from a super storm cell that hit the city's west. More than 200 people
called emergency crews for help yesterday as winds of up to 107km/h battered homes
and brought down trees. Unlike yesterday, the storms
won't be as intense around Sydney and they're more likely to form
near the coast rather than through the west. Power was cut to almost 10,000 homes with hundreds still to be
reconnected this morning. Fire authorities say
a rail museum at Ipswich was lucky to escape serious damage
last night. They were called to site at 1am, fearing rail history and artefacts
had gone up in flames. They now confirmed the major section
of the popular tourist attraction has been saved.

Three buildings,
including an old workshop, Police say the fire is suspicious. Police have launched
a critical incident investigation after a man died following a confrontation
with police last night. He was arrested and handcuffed
at Bulli, near Wollongong before he stopped breathing. Officers and paramedics
commenced CPR but the man couldn't be revived. Police won't say
whether the man was tasered. An Australian mother will face court
in Malaysia this morning charged with drug trafficking. Emma L'Aiguille was arrested
in Kuala Lumpur in July. It's alleged the 34-year-old nurse
from Perth had a kilo of methamphetamines
in the car she was driving. If found guilty,
she faces the death penalty. National Parks and Wildlife
are asking for public help to track a baby whale tangled in a fishing trap
off the New South Wales coast. and danger posed by the
humpback calf's protective mother. A meeting is currently under way to
discuss rescue strategies for today. Experts say the entanglement isn't
life threatening at this stage. Time for sport.

In Adelaide this morning Nat, for major announce major announcements about next year's Clipsal 500.

Australia will have
its greatest ever run-scorer for today's opening test
against South Africa at the Gabba. Ricky Ponting's dodgy hamstring
breezed through a fitness test in a searching net session
and fielding drills yesterday. With Watson out,
Ponting will act as vice-captain. The starting XI will be finalised
just before the toss. At this stage, we are still deciding
if we play four fast bowlers or to play three fasters
bowlers and Nathan. The stakes are high with the mantle of cricket's
number one test nation up for grabs. Wallabies coach Robbie Deans
has named the same backline that ran out against the All Blacks
last month for tomorrow night's clash
with France. Goal-kicking ace Mike Harris held off a fit Berrick Barnes
in Paris to keep his full-back spot. It follow his six penalty goals
in the 18-18 draw with New Zealand. And details of Adelaide's
2013 Clipsal 500 will be announced today with the addition
of Nissan and Mercedes set to begin a new era
in V8 Supercar racing. 300,000 fans
are expected at the event which will run from
February 28 to March 3. It's enabled
the Nissans and Mercedes to come and play
with the Fords and Holdens, which we hope is gonna
really reinvigorate the passion. The entertainment line-up
will be revealed today.

But I can tell you, it is massive. Grant, one of the great things about this event, it is a showcase of motor sport in this country, but also for Australian sport. Can you believe, it has been running for 15 years. In ten years it has generated $ years. In ten years it has generated $300 million in revenue and had 2. $300 million in revenue and had 2.6 million Australians come to the event. It is a massive event on our sporting calendar.Absolutely, mate, not only that, it is an absolute festival, not just a race. It is the ancillary stuff they put on makes it show-stopper, whether it is the concerts at night, the atmosphere in the cafes and streets at night time. It is one amazing race, every year, as you know. Worth celebrating too. Today will go down as the day that 1900 people stood together, Akubra-wearing people stood together, to establish the Guinness world record of the most Akubras in one location. APPLAUSE .Bloody proud, just bloody proud. You know what, cobers? These hats, some people say they are the best thing sinceed sliced bread, I think they were almost invented on the same day. It is being debated but I think it is facts. The history and the tradition will go on, thanks to you, the young ones, that's the heritage we have got to preserve. You know what? The smiling faces, I'll never forget it, so gleaming and bright and forget it, so gleaming and bright and sparkly, just like a belt bucket that captures everyone's imagination. I don't know if you have seen it. It is very last minute, the managing director of Akubra, Steven. What a company, what an icon, what a moment?Fantastic. 1900 people exceeded our expectations, fantastic.In the history of the hat, would it be the most proud day ever?It's are up there for there for sure.Go with it?OK, just as good as that belt buckle.What would Australia be without it?It would be different.Well, we'd be sun burned for example, would have a red nose, Australia. Let's look at the forecast.

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