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(generated from captions) The warmest part
of the day was in the morning, a top of 27.

Temperatures plunged, when the storm hit Olympic Park it dropped nine degrees
in 10 minutes with winds gusting to 61km/h. Bankstown dropped 7 degrees
in 20 minutes. From the satellite, drier winds have swept into Sydney and that is helping
calm things down. Tomorrow,
a high will keep skies clear with the exception of a few showers
along the coast. Around the nation, mild in Melbourne. Storms in Brisbane. On the water:

We may see a shower or two
tomorrow morning, a fine but cloudy day
with a top of 20. Showers will mostly start
in the early hours of the morning but any rain will be light - a couple of millimetres at the most and that will just be for the coast. A fine finish to the weekend with some warm weather
next week.

That's Seven News for this Friday. Ahead on 'Today Tonight' - $623 million
in unclaimed Government money. Could it be yours? That's next.

Tonight, forget Lotto -
here's the real cash bonanza. 100,000 people have missed out
in one payment alone. $623 million waiting to be claimed.
How much is yours?

Plus, stop right there - the police blitz on pedestrians
for their own good.

And going, going, gone -
8 million Aussies heading overseas. The airline price war
making it cheaper than ever.

Good evening. Thanks for joining us. First tonight, the astonishing figure
that will make you wonder why so many Australians
are struggling for every cent. $623 million -

that's how much unclaimed cash
is sitting in the Government vaults in Canberra, waiting to be collected. As David Richardson reports, to find out if some of it is yours all you have to do
is know how to ask. If you don't ask, you don't get.

That simple statement would be
perfect as Centrelink's motto as carer Donna Letchford discovered. People don't know so they don't ask or it all becomes too hard for them trying to look up services
on the internet or in literature so they don't end up
getting anything.

Donna had no idea
she was entitled to hidden handouts worth $114 a fortnight as a carer for a child
with learning difficulties. She didn't ask and Centrelink
certainly didn't tell her. I didn't realise I was eligible
for a Carer's Allowance for a Carer's Allowance until I looked into it a bit more. Now Donna helps others
find missing entitlements through the community support group
Camcare. And she's not the only one
who's missed out, as Australia's most influential
independent think tank, the Australia Institute, discovered. The Australia Institute used the
Federal Government's own figures to find out exactly how many
Australians are missing out. They discovered
more than 1 million people are not being paid the benefits
they're entitled to. All the emphasis
is on catching the cheats, but, in fact,
more Australians are missing out than the total number
ripping off the system. The Government has already
decided that these people deserve this money. They should be doing something
to make it easier for them to receive it. The Australia Institute's
research fellow David Baker is the author of the report
'Missing Out'. He found Centrelink forms
are simply too complicated and people are bamboozled
into not making claims. Why are people missing out? They're missing out because they're
not aware of what's available or once they do find out,
it's too complicated, or it's too hard for them
to get through all the processes. He checked all the forms,
online and in print, to see how hard it is
to register for help. is 28 pages long. We found that over 100,000 people
are missing out on just one payment alone,
the Parenting Payment. The Australia Institute
'Missing Out' report also found:

1 in 20 Australians have no idea they are even eligible
to claim Centrelink help. That's left a $623 million cash cow
sitting idle ABS figures show there are
around 535,000 carers in Australia. Only 417,000
were paid the carer allowance.

There's grandparents out there
not receiving anything for the care of their grandchildren. They just don't think that
they're entitled to any money. 70-year-old grandmother
Barbara Camilleri was one of them. The Melbourne grandmother
has become a full-time carer for her three young grandchildren. She was spending her super
to raise them, unaware she could be subsidised
for it, but now she does know. I just took it on as a grandparent and I didn't think of money
from the government. Persevere.

If you think that there may be
some help out there, try and look at the websites
or ring someone at Centrelink. If you're finding that
you are not getting anywhere there are agencies out there
that could help you - social security rights. Most legal aids
have a social security section that may be able to help you, at least give you some idea whether
you may be eligible for something. Donna and Camcare are now finding
missing Centrelink benefits for more than 300 people a year. They're all like her - carers totally unaware
of what is available or other welfare recipients
in the dark, not knowing the payments are there -
some can even be backdated. And experts believe it's up to
the Federal government to do more, because the system
is already available to make those payments easier. The Government already uses
tax information and Centrelink information to find people
who are cheating the system. They could be using
the same information to find those people missing out. The onus is very much on you to find
out if you're entitled to a payment and if you can claim
all the money you are owed. Most of us probably do this
every day without really knowing it but jaywalking is something that
can have more serious consequences than we think. Almost 200 pedestrians are killed
on Australian roads each year. As David Eccleston reports, police have launched a major
operation to lower those figures.

You cross the road
in the middle of the intersection on your phone? Yep.

You could step in front of a car,
a bus, or anything. They're in la la land. They've got
noise-cancelling headphones in. They can't hear you calling out,
they can't hear a siren, they can't hear a horn. Saving a few seconds
can indeed be costly. $66 - is that a bit steep
for a fine for jaywalking?

So you'd rather not say anything
about the fine? Nope. Police operation Franklin 3 was never going to win
a popularity contest

but its aim is
to start winning the battle of pedestrians killed each year
on Australian roads. It's a major problem. People are getting hurt by cars
every day because they are stepping off
the curb not watching what they're doing It's been a pretty deadly year
for pedestrian fatalities in New South Wales, according to Chief Inspector
Mark Cook. 60 deaths this year, and across the country,
189 last year - Victoria 49, 33 in Queensland,
17 in South Australia, 26 in WA,

Tasmania
and the Northern Territory, 12. Apart from the pain, grief
and suffering, this is costing Australia
$27 billion a year. That's what road trauma costs Pedestrian Council of Australia's
Harold Scruby thinks the $66 for jaywalking
is not tough enough. Our obsession with talking on phones and listing to iPods and emailing
while on the footpath is taking its toll.

Up to one in five pedestrians
is using a handheld device. They've tuned right out. That's why
we're running this campaign. Talk to me about the campaign. It's called
Stop, Look, Listen and Think - Don't Tune Out. The police were clearly visible, positioned on every corner
and on bikes yet time wasn't lost on those people who just couldn't wait
for the green man. Do you think it's fair? Well, while he was booking me, there was a dozen of other people
doing it as well. So you're the unlucky one? Yep.

No, we were just talking about work and we didn't take much notice,
to be honest, so hopefully, we'll do it next time.

Don't run away from me, ma'am. I wish you speak to you. Who, me? Finish your phone call, please,
ma'am. I better get off the phone. OK, I've stopped you
for crossing the road illegally. Chased down Pitt Street Mall - how do you feel
about getting the fine? Not that great. Quite a lot of people do it. $66 - is that a lot for you? A lot for crossing the road.

Opera a walking is an offence in other states but editor the discretion of the police.They are saving lives. It's an issue very much on the
police radar over the summer months so pedestrians,
you have been warned. Australians are heading overseas
for holidays in record numbers. We've taken 8 million trips
over the past year, that's up three million, or 57%,
in five years. The strong Aussie dollar
has a lot to do with it, but as Neil Doorley reports, Asian discount airlines are also
making it cheaper than ever.

We're saving
thousands and thousands of dollars.

When you have a breakthrough
unit cost model that can do that, you're really going
to shake things up. We want Australia badly.

In the dogfight
for the Australian skies, the low-cost carriers
are holding nothing back.

They gave us a whole plane
to Kuala Lumpur. Lismore couple
Darren and Julie-Anne Foster found themselves flush with friends after Julie-Anne
entered a competition on Facebook. The prize -

an all-expenses-paid trip to
Malaysia with AirAsia X for her and 250 friends. "I've won this competition
for 250 friends. "It's worth $278,000. "With AirAsia,
we are going to Kuala Lumpur" and he's like "No way,
it's not real." Giving away an entire plane
at an expense of more than $250,000, AirAsia X claim
it was money well spent. We see Australia
as a big growth market, precisely because
it has that unique 2-way traffic and so it is very attractive. There are other airlines out there
that are also in the game who see the opportunity
and it is going to be a tough slog. Azran Osman-Rani is the CEO of the Malaysia-based,
low-cost carrier that has spent hundreds of millions
invading the Australian skies. Over the next two years, we are planning to double our size,
fleet capacity, route network, Last week, the airline celebrated
its fifth anniversary in Australia. Their presence
proving to be a win-win - record low airfares
for passengers going out and billions of dollars
for the local tourism industry from Asia's emerging middle class
coming in.

South-East Asia alone
has 600 million people, 200 million of which
are urban, middle class, with high aspirations
to go international. You don't have to go to Europe
anymore and Australia
is right in your backyard. And the savings
from low-cost carriers speak for themselves. We sourced online quotes for a return adult fare from Sydney
to three major holiday destinations, pitting the budget airlines
against the premiums. Fancy a trip to Tokyo?

Well, Jetstar can get you there
over $750 cheaper than Japan's national carrier,
Japan Airlines.

In Singapore,
the savings are even greater. Low-cost carrier Scoot
can get you there $760 dollars than their parent company,
Singapore Air. And Bangkok, one of two major stops
on the Kangaroo Route - AirAsia X will fly you there
nearly $800 cheaper than Qantas. These prices don't take into account
promotional deals sometimes selling fares for
as little as $150 each way. Sure, there's a catch -
you don't get a meal or a movie - however,
when you're saving up to $1,000, who cares?

Well, I'm happy to have no meal,
no in-flight entertainment and have a $1,000 cheaper airfare
than have all those things. And with Kuala Lumpur now ranked as Asia's
second best shopping destination behind only Hong Kong, even the very nature of travel
is changing. Forget the week-long family holiday, enter the whirlwind
shopping weekend. We're now seeing Australians
do a weekend trip to Kuala Lumpur or Singapore, Bangkok. Coming here with two empty suitcases
on a Friday night like this and going back
with three full suitcases, having done their Christmas shopping
over a weekend. While the premium airlines
still control the skies, it might not be for long because the budget carriers
are here to stay.

So we're not going to go away. This is for real
and we're in it for the long haul.

Now to an Aussie who constantly
travels the globe for work, not pleasure.

Melbourne's Tracey Shelton has one
of the world's most dangerous jobs, working on the frontline
in the most explosive trouble spots. Wars in Iraq, Libya, Syria Tracey has covered them all and she keeps going back for more.

Iraq, Libya, Syria.

They have the Kalashnikov,
you get some handguns as well, the anti-aircraft weapons.

You're actually saying all this and you're sitting there
with a manicure and make-up. (LAUGHS) Yeah,
I don't normally when I'm... ..when I'm on the front line, there's not so much
of that available. This isn't war zone footage
from CNN or NBC. This was all filmed
by Tracey Shelton putting herself in the line of fire armed with only a camera
and a microphone. It's when reporting
from the frontline for American-based news site
GlobalPost this 36-year-old feels alive. Men are still searching
through the rubble here. So far, they've found
eight bodies... I just kind of I really
stumbled into it without any sort of plan but it turned out to be
the ideal career for me. I'm doing exactly what I love. Tracey, do you think
you're an adrenaline junkie? No, not at all.
It's not the risk. For me to tell the story
of these people, I need to do what they do,

Tracey has only been a reporter
for seven years. Try to blend in as much as I can, hide the camera bag
or disguise it as much as possible. When you go to the front line,
what do you do for self-protection? Do you wear a Kevlar vest,
do you wear a helmet? What did you wear? I did sometimes in Libya but in Syria,
it's a different situation. Up until now, it's been more
important to not be noticed than draw attention to myself carrying a big flak jacket
or something like that. She's practical about
being shot at too.

Daily you've sort of got bullets
or something coming across and some type of fire. She knows their sounds
and credits that - and ground intelligence
from trusted rebels - for her survival. If you get that relationship
with them, they always look out for you and make you that you know
if something's changing. But it was when Tracey was alone
and in the safety of a motel room well away from the front line that she almost got kidnapped
or killed. A couple of guys in army uniforms
with guns and hunting knives broke into my balcony
while I was asleep. One of the guys had grabbed my head and just started
thumping my head into - grabbed the back of my hair and
thumping my head into the floor. They tied up her hands
and ratted through her things. When I got free, I jumped from my balcony
to the neighbouring balcony. We were up four floors.

She's home
visiting her Melbourne mum Frances for a couple of weeks - her first trip back to Australia
in a two years. The capture and death
of Muammar Gaddafi marked a sudden and unexpected end
to the Libyan revolution Thursday. Just looked up at the TV
in the doctor's room and they said they've got Gaddafi
and footage and everything and I thought,
"Oh, I wonder if my baby is there?" And she was.
She was. She was there on the spot! What goes through your head?
Thinking, "too close for comfort?" Yeah. And I worry.

I generally do manage
to get the nickname 'Crazy' in about 20 different languages
by now, but, um...(LAUGHS) Crazy, or courageous.

Tracey is back in Syria
covering the civil war which continues to escalate. After the break on Today Tonight - the man who says
living on the pension is a breeze

Saved close to $100. At a quick estimate
I reckon we've saved $100. How to save hundreds with Harry.

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your chances of surviving. So, however short the journey, however long you've been driving...
(WHISTLES) ..however well you know the road, don't forget to clip, every trip.

Welcome back. We all know life can be a battle
for our pensioners, but here to lend a helping hand
is Harry Horsnell, a man who says
you can live on the pension and still enjoy the occasional
luxury, like a holiday. And the pensioners' pal says
the trick is smarter shopping.

Hi, I'm Harry. I'll show you how to save a fortune
on your grocery bill. How much do you think you've saved? Very close to $3,000! For Harry Horsnell, living on a pension is no excuse to
go without life's little luxuries. We just got back
from a weekend on the Gold Coast. We're going to have all this,
plus a chocolate-coated Magnum.

So under $2 -
you can't get better than that! Harry only shops
at discount supermarkets. He's a regular at his local NQR
or Not Quite Right. Your Not Quite Rights,
ALDI and Costcos - yeah, we're a Costco member. You don't have to shop
anywhere else.

Do you want my pension card
for the discount? So, Harry, how much do you think
we've saved here? At a quick estimate,
I reckon we've saved close to $100.

The human calculator was close -
$112. This trolley load was $58 at NQR,
$170 at the local major supermarket. They'll save up to 80%
on their shopping. CEO of NQR, Aaron Fitzgerald says while discount supermarkets
used to be stocked with products
close to their use-by date the influx of home brand goods
at Coles and Woolies means he's been inundated
with brand name goods - a win for budget-conscious shoppers
like Harry. Those lines might be things like
end of promotional lines, overstocks or deletions
from the major supermarkets. There's nothing wrong
with the actual... There's nothing wrong
with the product whatsoever and we provide
a 100% money back guarantee. While NQR doesn't stock
fresh fruit, vegetables and meat, Harry's more than happy
with the frozen stock. And for those that
don't have a store nearby... We do provide an online option
for interstate customers. It's a delivery fee
of $12 in metro states except for Perth, and that's $15.

In Brisbane, The Grocery Club
is a similar concept. Director Ralph Miethke
promises savings of up to 60%. I've got Heinz organic baby food,
for 79 cents. That's around about half price. We have olive oil, 3 litre tins,
that we're doing for $9.99 which is about half the price
of Woolworths and Coles. In New South Wales,
there's bulk food warehouse ABCOE with a product range
of 15,000 lines. No matter where you shop, Harry has these tips
to save big at the checkout. Shop regularly. Have a look at their specials
and buy them in bulk because they won't be there forever. Look at the online catalogue,
which I do every week. And know when to shop - at NQR,
pensioners receive an extra 5% off on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Well, he sounds to be
one of the lucky ones who will be able to afford
to go out and buy bulk because I know we can't. Pat Warriner from the
Combined Pensioners Association says while she agrees
with Harry's principles, many pensioners don't have the means
to shop around. A lot of people
are on walking frames, a lot of people
have got something wrong with them. The can only manage to go to
the local shops or the local supermarket. Harry believes when it comes
to bagging a bargain, when there's a will,
there's a way. So now, when you go into
a normal supermarket, do you just think, "I can't fathom
paying these prices?" That's right, that's right. I don't like being ripped off. Harry's tips can be found
on our website. yahoo7.com.au.todaytonight

You can share
your cost-cutting ideas on our Facebook page or via Twitter. Before the break
a look ahead to 'Sunday Night' and the hilarious Dawn French,
still the queen of comedy.

How very British. Tea and scones at the Savoy. Cheers! Everybody in my family is funny. I could have a bit of that! I have kissed Brad Pit... ..George Clooney,
Johnny Depp, Hugh Grant... ..lucky me!

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At 'The Daily Telegraph',
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for 10 hours, every day, for 30 days. Daily surprises
start this Saturday, with tickets to see
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Next week the remarkable story
of a 15-year-old boy in the quest for a normal life.

It's terrible, like...

What do you dream about? You dream of just being
a normal person who can go out. That's all that I want. Otherwise, I don't know
what I'm going to do.

That's next week on Today Tonight.
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Dr Walker, I'm sorry -
when I get out... You'll be staying away
from my daughter. Do you understand? I like you.

If we start something,
I'll just end up hurting...

I agreed to come back
with you, alright? You don't have to keep me under lock
and key. I'm happy to stick around. So you're gonna talk to the police,
tell 'em what you did? So you want me
to talk to the cops, then you're gonna have
to make it worth my while. Lisa, what did he say? That I wouldn't have a future
if I didn't go back to him. Gonna issue an AVO.
Good. He's lucky this is all you're doing.
I know. DEX: I'm offended
you would even suggest that! But since you did, a little
chocolate wouldn't hurt anyone. (BANG!) Dad?

Hello?

What happened? Are you alright?
Yep. I'm fine, Indi. It's just mild concussion. Dad, you were out cold
when April and I found you. I wasn't out for long, Dex. I'll page the doctor on call.

Sid. Thank you for calling me. Are you alright? What happened? Well, I'm not sure. I was at the front gate
collecting my mail and on the phone to Dexter and... Did I distract you or something? No, mate. You didn't. Well, what really happened? Well, I must've tripped. Right.

I'm gonna go call April
and tell her what's going on.

Is Lisa's husband involved in this?

No. No, no. Because if he is, you need to call
the police. Is that what happened? Well, obviously I'm hoping
there's not a connection there, but Neil does know
we're seeing each other, and I had an AVO issued today. And now Dad's paying for it. We don't know that, Indi. Either way,
this is not Lisa's fault. I'm not saying that it is, but you clearly don't have control
over the situation.

You gonna start cooperating
anytime soon, accept Adam's offer? Maybe. Something about it
just doesn't seem right. It's the best offer
you're gonna get. I still reckon
I can hold out for a bit more. Listen,
you are gonna talk to the police. And then what? I get done for
kidnapping and attempted murder? Yeah,
because actions have consequences. Yeah. You'd know all about that,
wouldn't you? Oi. Look...whatever happens, Adam's gonna help you out
with a really good lawyer. And tell me, Brax -
do you trust lawyers, do you?

It's not just any lawyer, is it?

It's the type of lawyer
that can make evidence disappear, get witnesses to miss court dates. It's the type of lawyer that really
knows how to work the system. So you either accept his offer...

..or trust me,
your life is gonna get very ugly.

Alright. I'll do it.

But only 'cause we're family.

So you better not screw me over.

Well, what's the point
me making a statement? I didn't see anything
so how can I remember anything? Well, your daughter certainly has
a firm opinion about what happened. Well, my daughter has a firm opinion
on a lot of things. We'll have another word
with Mr Flemming, see if we can establish
his whereabouts this afternoon.

Another word?
You've spoken to him already? I broke the news about the AVO. I copped an earful about his wife's
doctor friend ruining his marriage. What time was this? Oh, half an hour or so
before you acquired a head injury.

Sergeant, I'm concerned
about Lisa's safety. I'll talk to her about her options. Flemming knows we're watching him. That's often enough
to defuse a situation like this.

Call me
if you remember anything else.