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Australia prepares for

the first total eclipse of the sun
to be seen here in a decade. You'll see it live. Thousands of tourists
flock to Far North Queensland for this once-in-a-lifetime
celestial event. Victoria Police ready
to arrest a gangland figure

telling the world she's an idiot
for driving on the footpath. (SINGS 'IN MY PLACE')

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on Sunrise. Right across Australia
and the universe, this is a special edition Sunrise
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to a special event - a total eclipse of the sun.

I thought it was a great song. 60,000 people have converged on Far North Queensland with their telescopes to watch the eclipse. Grant's in Port Douglas and Michelle Tapper is in Cairns. Klwe have got this totally covered and keeping an eye on the regs -- rest of the news as well.

Tens of thousands of people have
converged on North Queensland for Australia's first full solar
eclipse in a decade. The cosmic spectacle begins
in just over an hour. 60,000 stargazers - half of them
international tourists - are gearing up for the show.

I fly approximately
15,000 kilometres for this two minutes. It's one of those things
you can't describe to anybody, you've gotta see it for yourself. The moon will start covering the sun
in about 40 minutes with totality to happen
about an hour later. A former union employee
has come forward claiming he deposited $5,000 into Julia
Gillard's personal bank account at the request of her
former boyfriend Bruce Wilson. The claims are detailed
in a confidential diary obtained by 'The Australian'
newspaper. Whistleblower Wayne Hem says he told the boss of the Australian
Workers Union about the payments in 1996. The Prime Minister has repeatedly
denied any wrongdoing while Mr Wilson worked for union. Australia's most senior Catholic
says his church has become
a scapegoat for child sex abuse. the Federal Government's
royal commission, but says his organisation
has been unfairly labelled the 'principal culprit'. Smearing, I might say,
the church is covering up,

That's not the case.

A Sydney Catholic schoolteacher charged with sexually abusing
students in the 1980s will face court again today. Hillary Clinton has touched down
for high-level defence talks at the AUSMIN meeting in Perth. Last night the US Secretary of State
had a coffee with Julia Gillard before official talks began. Furthering military cooperation
between the two nations will be high on today's agenda. Defence Minister Stephen Smith
has hinted there could be an increase
in the number of US warships using the Perth naval base. Two men have been charged after a dangerous police chase
on the Gold Coast. Police laid road spikes to catch
the driver of a stolen car, but the driver escaped. A police helicopter continued
tracking the car, which crashed into a fence
a short time later. Officers arrested two men
in their 20s. One of them is accused of trying
to punch a police officer before threatening officers
with a screwdriver. Coming up -
seeing the solar eclipse - find out the best way
to protect your eyes as you witness a piece
of Australian history. But first, here's Kochie.

It is big, Kochie.The atmosphere is electric, Nat, can't wait for it. Finance now, the atmosphere just as electric on Wall Street.

The Dow is up, pretty much close to 50 points at the moment. It is currently trading at the moment. Home Depot Shares, America's version of Bunnings, led the market up because they released better-than-expected profits, showing Americans are out spending again and doing their houses up. European markets were flat after they gave Greece two more years to reach their deficit margins. We took a drubbing yesterday.

Business conditions have slipped
to near 3.5-year lows.

Consumers are getting back into things. Retail figures are improving, retail sales here in Australia but business conditions, our bosses, have slipped their confidence to near 3.5-year lows. Few are keen to borrow, few are keen to hire or invest.

Savanth Sebastian is at CommSec.
Morning. What does this all mean?

What is spooking Australia's bosses? It comes down to profitability. I think at the moment, they are seeing profitability continues to be squeezed. You've got very tight trading condition, continuing to discount in the retail sector. The fact is consumers are starting to pick up spending off a very low base. It dozen show that the interest rates cuts have inspired confidence, after the early rate cut in October. The business community, looking at the current environment and feeling a dit despondent over the next couple of months. If we start to see a massive pick-up in activity into to Christmas shopping period, but it shows the business community will hold off borrowing and probably par back the investment plans and it means the Reserve Bank can afford to provide another rate cut.You can't blame them, the potential of a fiscal cliff in America, China in America, China in the doldrums and leadership questions. Good to see you.

Australian cricket captain
Michael Clarke has warned his side against getting carried away by their performance in the first
test against South Africa. The Aussies fought their way back
to have the Proteas on the ropes before the match finished in a draw. At the end of the day there's no
result in this test match. We have to win the series to get back to being the number one
test team in the world. The Aussies get a four-day break
before heading to Adelaide for the second test next week. The NRL plan
to use Sonny Bill Williams to promote the game next season after the World-Cup-winning
All Black signed a one year deal with the Roosters. Sydney FC may be about to add
to their star-studded line-up with former Chelsea manager Avram
Grant approaching the Sky Blues about replacing coach Ian Crook.

Some other big news from the racing world this morning in Europe, franky detoryy -- Fra inky Dotori, the jockey, has returned a positive drug test. He has gone home to a furer this morning. Let's go to Mel in this morning. Let's go to Mel Palm Cove.Good morning you wait until the sun comes up. It will be breath taking, I am at Palm Cove. This place is going off, the airport is pumping, not a single car rental in town, the hotels have been booked out for ages. A little secret, the manager where I am staying this morning the manager told us three proposals expected this morning. There will be a lot of things happening when the moon comes through and blocks the sun. But very exciting. There are backup p packs on the streets and telescopes, more cameras than I have ever seen in this part of the world. It is going to be quite spectacular. We will bring you all the action, we have got cairns covered, Port Douglas and Palm Cove. Grant, is it getting busy?It is beautiful here this morning. Yes, turned outen large numbers. People have had their accommodation booked since February, had it planned in their calendar as a do-not-miss event. The sky is magnificent. It is tripod and camera central, all the toys coming out. Desperate not to miss this at any cost. We have hundreds of people now marking the beach. An extraordinary event. We will have it covered for you from every angle as we take a look at forecast for the first time this morning.

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We have students of the CSIRO, astronomy students and physics students all over. I would like to learn more about this and why the hype is so big. We have a brains trust from people all over the world converged on this one location. The amount of foreigners who have made the trip to see this from the other side of the world gives you a significance of the size of the thing. And it is all about the size of the telescope, of the telescope,er the -- the bigger the telescope the bigger the experience.I have got schoolkids arriving soon, they are busing them in so they will have a good view soon.

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I'm here in Far North Queensland
where thousands of people have come to witness a rare total eclipse
of the sun. In just over an hour's time, he moon will move between the sun
and the earth, blocking the light. The temperature will drop,
birds will stop flying and flowers will close up, thinking day has turned to night. And you don't want to miss it. There hasn't been a total eclipse
seen from mainland Australia

It is very rare for it to pass on a resort area like this where many can get a vantage point. Many have their picnic blankets and are where I am.

Sunrise correspondent
Michelle Tapper is in Cairns and Grant is in Port Douglas. Michelle, the wait is almost over.

There was a forecast of light showers, is it looking clear where you are?It is clear at the moment, Mel. We can see the stars. So that is a good thing. We had a bit of patchy rain but we are hoping it will hold out. The clouds have started to arrive, including Arlene and her three children. She has dragged them up at 3am for this very special event. Why? Arlene? I want them to experience what I experience before because I seen it before in the '80s.Back in the Philippines? Yeah.How did it feel to you?It was amazing, a magical experience.You kids happy to be dragged out of bed. A bit.You excited about the eclipse?Yes.They are the only sober people here. No, only joking. A lot of party-goers along the foreshore but it is good to see family and children here as well. On the nite up yesterday afternoon, a -- flight up yesterday afternoon, a bunch of kids, their mum and dad had pulled them out of school early to watch it. Grant, you have a lot of people there, scientists and ordinary folks excited to see it. And keen to learn what it is all about. I hear champagne corks popping, long the beach. It is a celebration, particularly being in a resort area. We are just off the beach of the Sheraton at Four Mile Beach, you have got kids, excited, star-gazers, professional and social. To get a sense of it all, there are wonderful guests from all over this world. Ian Smith, a physicist from cap fornia? You hear professionally or personally. Personally, not my profession. I used to think I was going to be an astronomer when I was a kid but notert much chance.It is a captivating experience. Why is it so significant?Well, it is significant for me because I hope to be able to see the sun's corona, which has never seen it accept dinl dimly through a cloud -- dimly through a cloud. When the sun is in total eclipse, this plasma around it is a million times fainter than the sun itself, the only time you can see it. Unless you have got really special equipment.Wow! So Australia is in for something special?This is really special. I understand the last one was around here was around 700 AD, so I can't really wait for the next one. So coming 7,000 or 8,000 miles sounds like a reasonable thing. We have friends who live right here on the beach, just perfect. Unbelievable.This is one show they ain't going to miss. You have a chance of seeing something that might just change your life as well. Back to you, Mel.Thank you very much, Grant. We will check in with you soon. And Michelle, you two. Kochie and Sam, lots of ways to view it. A lot of web cams have been set up at a lot of places and lots of different sites. This is NASA's site. I believe they have set up a camera at the Inlet here in Cairns a special view. We have to cross our fingers the weather is clear. There is a bit of cloud but we can will it away. There are enough people, if we think really hard we think really away. There are enough people, if we

think really hard we can do it.It is a beautiful sunrise.Your top adds to the occasion.Very sunnyy. You are like our own sun there, if there is a bid of cloud we can move it.Something it.Something has got to glow.Be careful what you wish for.

Still ahead on Sunrise - the employer paying for its workers
to lose weight. Plus, closing in. Melbourne police investigate
a gangland figure over the murder of horseracing
identity Les Samba. And public punishment - the woman forced to wear a sign
telling the world she's an idiot for driving on the footpath.

# Dancing in the moonlight # Well, Far North Queensland is the place to be this Wednesday morning. Port Douglas with your blanket sitting on the beach, is absolutely glorious. Or you might choose to be in Cairns, which has got a perfect vantage point. Basically, the solar eclipse is not far away. It will cast a shadow of about 140 kilometres wide. I am here at Palm Cove. We are looking over the water and it will be gorgeous. It is the first we heard, in the area since 710 AD. The next one will be here in 2037, which I can safely say I won't be around to watch. 20 million people will be watching today. 60,000 in this area. It will be spectacular. Cairns is calling it one of the most spectacular events the region will encounter. Needless to say, they are to say, they are excited.So they should be.Now, to other news. We will go back to Mel very shortly.

How's this for a creative
punishment - a woman in the US has been ordered to stand on the side of the road
for two days, wearing a sign
saying she's an idiot. It's because she drove her car
on the footpath so she didn't have
to wait behind a school bus. The bus driver filmed the crime
and dobbed the driver in. The judge decided
a simple fine wasn't enough to teach the woman a lesson. Chances are,
had she shown some remorse, maybe I wouldn't have given her
the extra part of the sentence. So do you think her punishment
was too humiliating?

That's a beauty.Should more crimes be given this kind of sentence?It sounds like she gave the judge some lip. She deserves it.How stupid! In a school zone, past the school bus. Not just creeping along, she flies through there.And no remorse.She did it every day until the bus driver filmed it.She wouldn't stop. An idiot.The judge then gives your e valiation of the case. This is what I thought.

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Coming up on Sunrise - how much
better is 50+ sunscreen? It's coming to Australia. But now, from Palm Cove
in Far North Queensland, here's Mel.

Thank you, cue the choppers behind me. Everyone is trying to get the best vantage points this morning.

Sunrise correspondent Michelle
Tapper is in Cairns. Good morning. Does it look like the weather
is going to hold out?

Well, so far so good, Mel. It is pretty clear skies. A bit of patchy cloud but we can see a bit of blue and a few stars so everybody is hoping it will clear for the eclipse. There are thousands of people down here. They are coming down now with suitcases, picnic blankets, telescopes, cameras. Whole families are bunched. But of course, everybody has to wear these eclipse glasses or they could get permanent eye damage while watch the moon move in front of the sun. I am told you can take them off for the two minutes of totality, when the moon completely covers the sun. That magical moment of darkness. You have got to put the glasses back on as the moon continues to move past the sun. The crowds, as you can see, are definitely turning up and lining up all along the foreshore for the best vantage point of the sun coming up. We have got picnic blankets with people arriving to get their look and they have got their glasses on, their mighty fine cardboard glasses on. Let's go to Nat at Brekky Central with the rest of the day's news. Thank you, mel.

A former union employee claims he deposited $5,000 into Julia in the 1990s, at the request of her
former boyfriend, Bruce Wilson. 'The Australian' newspaper says the allegations are detailed
in a confidential diary. he told the boss of the Australian
Workers Union about the payment, in 1996.

The Prime Minister has repeatedly
denied any wrongdoing over the creation
of a union slush fund while Mr Wilson worked for union.

Child abuse victims
and their families are angry at Cardinal George Pell's
response to a planned royal commission
into institutionalised paedophilia. The country's top Catholic says
his church has been made a scapegoat and insists the inquiry will
separate fact from fiction. "The church is covering up,
the church has done nothing." That's not the case. Cardinal Pell believes priests who hear admissions of abuse
during confession should remain bound
by church rules not to report them. Melbourne police
are believed to be closing in on the killer
of racing identity Les Samba. News Limited reports detectives
are investigating a gangland figure with links to
shady racing identities in Victoria. It's understood the taskforce
investigating the Samba murder is running a parallel investigation
into alleged race-fixing. Les Samba was shot dead

He was the father-in-law
of top jockey Danny Nikolic. There's been a dramatic rescue as floodwaters continue to rise
in central Italy. A man has been winched to safety
in Tuscany after climbing onto his roof
to escape the rising waters. The bad weather has already
claimed four lives - three people died when their car
was swept off a bridge. It follows heavy rain
and high tides in Venice which left almost 80%
of the city under water.

Finance news now.

The Dow is still trading. It is up 30 or 40 points at the moment, led by Home Depot, America's version of Bunnings, which had better-than-expected returns, showing Americans are spending and doing Renaults on thaim homes. To our region, the poor business confidence figures pushed the All Ords and ASX 200

Australian cricket captain
Michael Clarke has told his fast bowlers
to maintain their aggression for the second test
against South Africa in Adelaide next week. James Pattinson and Peter Siddle
came close to crossing the line

as they pushed for the win
yesterday. I think the aggression, the intent is a big part of the way
we play our best cricket and I certainly don't want
to stop that. Australia will take a 4-day break
before re-grouping in Adelaide. David Pocock's return to
the Wallabies has been put on hold, the Australian skipper
injuring his calf in the lead-up to the weekend's
clash with England. Lleyton Hewitt has his sights set
on to the 2014 Australian Open. Playing pain-free
for the first time in four years, Hewitt will line-up
at the Kooyong Classic to get himself ready for the Open
in January.

Good to see. Let's get straight up to Port Douglas and Grant, DG, the crowds are rolling up on the beach there?She's busy old place this morning. Just look at that sea of colour. A four kilometre stretch of beach is normally a pristine and quiet location, jam-packed this morning, full of people from all over the world. Family photo opportunities like this are a must. Ready! Everybody smileing? Great shirts! Whose idea was this?Well... Two families here from where?Yes, one from Brisbane, one from Townsville.Decided to take a sicky off work and come on up?Did you really?You should be working with? What was the idea behind it. Why pull the kids out of school and take a day off work to come up here?It is going to be a pretty special day. Once in a life time, really.Just really wanted the kids to see it? Yes, wouldn't want to miss it for the world.I got to see Halle's comment as a tiny, tiny kid and I am so glad someone made the effort. -- Halle's comet. You were in hospital? Yes, Friday morning I was in hospital and now we are here. Commitment, everywhere you see. People and commitment like this. I got to take another photo, people everywhere taking advantage of this amazing opportunity. Let's look at the weather.

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A trough is causing showers and
storms over northern New South Wales and southern Queensland. A high is keeping southern New South
Wales, Victoria and Tasmania and South Australia generally dry. A trough over northern
and western Australia is triggering a few showers
and storms in northern WA and the Top End.

There she is. The sun. Just popping up over the horizon. Just breaking from the surface of the water. Hidden a little on the top end by a little bit of cloud. Tlr some large spots in which we can see blue sky above her. We are hoping when the time comes there will be no clouds obstructing the perfect interaction between the moon and the sun, right here from the top, the far north coast of Queensland. It is going to be simply spectacular. Fingers crossed. We will get exactly what we need.Thank you, Grant. Alright, I'm not as poetic as you so I'll just say, look at this! It is beautiful. I am at Palm Cove. It is stunning.

After the break -
we turn our attention to the sky. The total eclipse of the sun
is about to begin. We have cameras
at all the best vantage points to guarantee you the best seat
in the house. See it live, here on Sunrise. But now for your
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and excitement is building here
in Far North Queensland ahead of the main celestial event. In just under an hour from now the moon will completely block out
the sun, turning day into night.

It will be dark for two minutes. It is so spectacular. People have come from all over the country and the world. There are people who are eclipse-chasers who have come to witness this spectacular. It is the first one in Australia for quite some time. There was one in Ceduna, in South Australia about 10 years ago. It is going to be eerie.

Our team has you covered
at all the main vantage points. Sunrise correspondent
Michelle Tapper is in Cairns and Grant is in Port Douglas. Good morning, again. Michelle, tell us what is actually
happening during a solar eclipse?

We have been boning up on our skines details, what happens during a solar eclipse?Well, it has actually started, Mel, because there is an hour before totality and an hour after totaelttality so it -- an hour after totality. So it is already in motion. We will then have the magical two minutes when the moon blocks the sun and everything will be plunged into darkness. There are thousands of people here, waiting along the foreshore. A bunch of backpackers who are excited.We hope we see some amazing things and we wake up early. We hope, it has been amazing. Because you can see it only 150 years, I think. So it 150 years, I think. So it is good to be here now.They are the only sober backpackers I found. McDonald's is doing a rooring trade over there. There is a a whole section set up with people with telescopes. So the excitement is definitely building here.It certainly is, Grant, there are a lot of astronomy lovers from around the around the world who know what they are looking for. It is going to be beautiful but we are at the mercy of the weather.Absolutely. That is going to be the determining factor between are we going to see this once in 10-year experience or not? The sun has a clear passage in Port Douglas, unbroken by cloud. South of Cairns, they are looking at extensive cloud coverage and potentially showers. But here, north potentially showers. But here, north of Cairns, we are seeing big patches of clear sky. They are eager. We have got welding goggles out, people who have made home-made globles of out stubby boxes with clear cellophane inside, all sorts of tools and telescopes. Scientists from all over the world. The calibre of the scientists is extraordinary. Students from CSIRO, physicists, you name it. Our plane was chock-a-block full of the most intelligent people on the planet just oosee this. -- to see this. The sky is clear, we hope to see it soon.For all our viewers, you will have the best seat in the house. You won't miss a thing. Just a reminder, if you look outside, do not look at a solar eclipse without protective eye wear. They say it can cause retina damage. You won't feel it, it doesn't hurt but it ilWufect your eye -- but it will affect your eyes later in life. Thank you, will check in soon. Lots of schoolkids and family and people wearing crazy hats. They are making a party of it. There has been a three-day music festival. The markets have been open all night. $ all night. $7 million will be injected into the economy.It is the start of the wet zone, extends it a bit for the tourist industry which is great. The rest of Australia, do we get a partial one? If we go outside at the same time? In our own back yards? back yards??You asking me?Yeah? Sorry, yeah, I think, Kakadu is the only spot where it ilwith be 100 -- where it will be 100% only spot where it ilwith be 100 --
where it will be 100%, we are where it will be 100%, we are 99%. I am hoping there are other patches. From here it heads out to sea.But if you in Melbourne or Adelaide?Let me find out for you.If you get a half or whatever?I will find out. I have been so focused on Far North Queensland I forgot about you.We'll ask Dr Karl, he is coming up soon. He'll know.

Thanks, Mel. Coming up on the special solar
eclipse edition of Sunrise - a health crackdown - the bus drivers taken off the road
until they lose weight. And improving sun safety - more protective sunscreen
about to hit our shelves but it also comes with a warning. We take a look, next.

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Day is beginning to turn into night
here as the moon moves
between the earth and the sun. The last total eclipse of the sun to be seen from anywhere in mainland
Australia was 10 years ago.

Kochie, we've all got our glasses. The kids are here with me. I can't see a single thing when I put them on, probably I don't. But we are prepared.Yeah inLooking after our retina.I'm ready, I've come prepared as well.See you soon, Mel. Thank you, save them for later.

50+ sunscreen will hit
shelves in Australia in January but experts are warning
it's not a suit of armour. Right now the strongest product
you can get is 30+. That filters out 96%
of the sun's rays. This new product will stop 98%
getting through. The Cancer Council says it's important not to use it to
replace hats, sunglasses and shade when you hit the beach this summer.

The old slip, slap, slop when you hit the beach this summer.

Professor Ian Olver is head
of Cancer Council Australia. Ian, thanks for joining us. It's not a suit of armour but it is
a good bit of extra protection. Is that fair?

Yes, look, the SPF 50 is better than SPF 30 but you have still got to apply it liberally and most importantly, apply it every two hours because it gets washed off by sweat and the rubbing of clothing. Now, there are lots of different classifications out there for sunscene. Should we always go going for the highest ones or is a factor 15 or 30 be enough?I would advise people not to go lower than 30. But once you get above 30 you've got very good protection. If it is labelled broad spectrum, you have got UVB and UV, and -- UVA and then look if it is water proof.Are people getting better?Adults are but we have got a problem with teenagers where a quarter of them are getting burned on weekends in the summer. Their reason is usually, " the summer. Their reason is usually, "I forgot."Just quickly, is a plus 50 more expensive than a plus 30 or the same price?It shouldn't be much difference in price, there is only a couple of per centage difference in it. Don't throw away your 30 plus, use it up because it still gives you good protection and then move on to your 50 when the time comes.Good to talk to you, thank you.

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Thousands of tourists flock to far north qeeltd for this once-in-a-lifetime event. And Victoria Police prepare to arrest a Melbourne gangland figure for the murder of a Melbourne horseracing identity. And Coldplay count down. # How long must you wait for it # The world's biggest rock band d band rocks Melbourne ahead of their live concert tomorrow, right here on Sunrise.

Right across Australia
and the universe, this is a special edition of Sunrise
on Seven. Hello again. Day is turning into night
here at Palm Cove as the moon tracks across the sun. Grant's just to my north
at Port Douglas and Michelle Tapper is in Cairns to help bring you the eclipse
from every angle. Meanwhile, Kochie and Sam
are back at Brekky Central. Morning, guys. Mel, we're going to check in soon with experts from here and around
the world, to explain the eclipse. And we're keeping an eye
on the rest of the news. But we'll continue
our special coverage with Mel and more on the eclipse.

Let's go to Grant to begin it all. Grant is in Port Douglas this morning, good morning, Grant. Just tell me how many people are rolling up and how excited they are to see a beautiful and spectacular event.We are all ready, the beach is absolutely packed. Just come this way and look what is normally a four kilometre peaceful location in Port Douglas is jam packed as far as the eye can see. At the moment, all our eyes are towards the sky. Will it? Won't it? Are we going to see it? Is it going to be cloud covering it. We just lost the sun behind the cloud. But, you know, we do have some large patches. So there is a very, very good chance we will see this remarkable selestial event. You can see the beams of light behind the cloud, stretching down traot ocean's surface like the fingers of God. It is beautiful at the moment. One of the remarkable things about the weather in the tropics, had the sun and the moon does block the sun, when the moon goes dark we might see the clouds break. Because what tends to happen here, when the sun comes up in the tropics it takes a lot of the mumidity and forms the cloud. As we lose the moon, we will find the cloud goes away. So there is a chance and a hope. But come and look at this. Look at the inventions. Look at the ingenious ways that people have found a way to try to see this event. That is a XXX Gold carton. Whose idea was this?Yeah, mine.How scientific is it?Just a welding lens.Proper welding lenses? Yes.Why not use the whole helmet? Didn't have the helmet, just had the lenses. We drank the beer.That's research. lenses. We drank the beer.That's research.! Well done, guys. So, keen to see this?Yeah.Where you from? Just here.Of course you are.These guys are from Brisbane.XXXX Gold, of course you are local. Whether you are a scientist or an every day Australian with a heck of lot of XXXX in your fridge, they are keen to see it.We have got our glasses we pinched from the fiier of the hotel. I am at Palm Cove, just south of Grant. We are up the -- we are in the foyer. Fingers crossed, it will be spectacular. Now let's go to Nat with the rest of the day's news.

Julia Gillard's office maintains
she's done nothing wrong after claims a former union employee deposited
$5,000 into her bank account in the 1990s. Former AWU office assistant
Wayne Hem says he deposited the cash The staffer says
he was also instructed to deposit more than $100,000 into
a union slush fund for Mr Wilson. Melbourne police on the killer
of racing identity Les Samba. Samba was gunned down in an
execution-style killing last year. Sunrise correspondent Nick Etchells
is in Melbourne. Nick, what leads are police chasing?

Nick McCallum.According to the 'Herald Sun', police are honing in on a notorious under world figure for the killing of Les Samba. As you mentioned, he was killed execution style in Middle Park in the early hours of February 27 last year. According to the police, he was going to a pre-arranged meeting. The under ground figure now under scrutiny has several convictions of acts of violence, a heavy gambler, heavily involved in the racing industry and reportedly has connections to the Moran family, they were notorious in Melbourne's underworld wars a few years ago. Police are Police are also investigating whether there is a connection between murder and race fixing. He was the former father-in-law of leading jockey Danny licknic. He has been inter-- Danny Nikolic. He has been interviewed about the murder but denies any involvement. He has been suspended from riding in a totally unrelated matter. Police say there is a $ there is a $1 million reward for any information in an arrest for the murder.Thank you.

The Prime Minister
is shrugging off concerns that a royal commission
into child sex abuse is so broad, it could run for years. Australia's highest Catholic,
Cardinal George Pell, has promised to co-operate but says the allegations
have been exaggerated. The Catholic Church stands accused of covering up child abuse but yesterday,
Australia's most senior Catholic claimed the church is the victim. I don't think we should be
scapegoated. Because there's a press campaign
focused largely on us, that does not mean that we are,
largely, the principal culprits. Despite this, Cardinal George Pell
has welcomed the royal commission and promised the church
will co-operate. We acknowledge...with shame
the extent of the problem and I want to assure you
that we have been serious in attempting to eradicate it
and deal with it. But not everyone is convinced. Chrissie and Anthony Foster
have two daughters One later committed suicide,
the other turned to alcohol. George Pell famously said
he won't believe any of this, it's all gossip
until proven in court. Just an incredible attitude. The royal commission will reach
beyond the Catholic Church, covering all
religious organisations, state care providers, schools
and not-for-profit groups. Brian Crowley was molested at a
St Vincent's boys home in the '60s. He says both sides of government
need to work together The Prime Minister warns the
commission will take several years. Well, as long as it takes
to do it right. Two men have been charged after a dangerous police chase
on the Gold Coast. Police laid road spikes to
catch the driver of a stolen car but the driver escaped. A police helicopter continued
tracking the car, which crashed into a fence
a short time later. Officers arrested two men,
in their 20s. One of them is accused of trying
to punch a police officer before threatening officers
with a screwdriver.

Coming up - a controversial
weight-loss crackdown. Soon, the overweight bus drivers
taken off duty and sent to the gym. But is forcing them to slim down
a good idea? That story soon. But first, here's Kochie.

Thank you, Nat. Wall Street still trading at the moment. Currently up about 9 point, boosted by a really about 9 point, boosted by a really good profit result from Home Depot, sort of the Bunnings of America, showing their customers are out showing their customers are spending again on home Renaults which areyish -- renovations which is good for the market and the economy. And Europe has given their ministers in Greece two years to reach their budget targets.

Sport now, here's Beretts. Australian cricket captain
Michael Clarke says his side is full of confidence despite drawing the first test
against South Africa in Brisbane. The Aussies fought their way back
from a tough start to be in position for a win
late on day five. A lot of positives came out
of this test for us. Unfortunately, we didn't get a win. Um, but we can certainly use
the momentum, I guess, that we take from this game. The Aussies will go their
separate ways this morning before heading to Adelaide
next week. The Kurt Tippett AFL salary cap
controversy is getting nasty. Tippett has declared his innocence and plans to sue the Adelaide Crows
if the AFL deregisters him. Tippett's lawyers
will argue his case at Monday's AFL Commission meeting. The NRL plans
to use Sonny Bill Williams in their ad campaign
for the 2013 season. It's just four years since the Roosters recruit
was banished from rugby league for walking out on the Bulldogs
to play rugby.

Yes, not a lot of love lost there. Let's go back to Mel in Palm Cove. Beautiful morning behaond you, can see the sun?Isn't it stunning, Beretts. Tell Beretts. Tell Kochie I have got stats on this how much you will be able to see from other states. Let's go toGrant. He has the forecast, which is what we are hanging on. We need the weather to clear to get a lovely view?The sun has burst out from behind the clouds. There are still lingering cloud mass around it. It is still hit and miss but we are hoping it will be more hit than miss. There is a bit of lingering cloud as we count down and the gurus, boffins, science heads and astronomers from around the world are here hoping that. Whether you have a science background or you have a pop who has a welding helmet. Is that your pop?Yes.Is that your name?Caden.Can you see anything, Darth Vader?Yep.See, everyone wants a part of this. As we count down to the big one.

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There it is, everybody with their eyes to the sky. You will be able to see it up and down the east coast. Bruce, you have the best chance to see it. You will see an 80% covering. Clear skies. Sydney, slight lee less so but clouds -- slightly less so and similar conditions for Melbourne. But all up and down the east coast you will have a chance.Grant you will. 62% in Sydney, 72% in Melbourne I was going to shock with the stats. Don't go anywhere.

Far North Queensland is about
to be plunged into total darkness as the moon blocks out the sun. The rare celestial event
has attracted people from all over the world. Three flights have been chartered
from Japan and there are several cruise ships
off the coast. Hotel rooms have been booked
three years in advance. An estimated $75 million will be
injected into the region because of the event.

There was not a single rental car left available. Let's go to our Sunrise correspondent Michelle Tafer is in Cairns.

and Grant in Port Douglas. Michelle, how long now until
we're plunged into darkness?

Well, not long here, only about half an hour. As you can see behind me, the sun is just coming up over the horizon here. We are on the foreshore. Look at these crowds. Absolutely spectacular. Look at them all the way along the foreshore, thousands of them lined up for kilometres here. Wave, you've all on Sunrise! They're all very excited. Everyone has got their solar eclipse glasses. I want you to meet kathy who came up with her four children from Brisbane last night. They got in at 11:30. They couldn't find a hotel room and had a quick nap in the car. That's dedication. You are returning home after? returning home after??Yes, we are on the 10:15 flight back to Brisbane. We have got a bucket list, only got the northern lights to see and a meteor shower, which I can't predict.It is a quick trip. How do you feel about it?It is very good, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and on school holidays, so yeah.How excited are you?I am really thrilled about it. It is not normally over land or in really remote parts so I'm excited about seeing theclipse, as long as the clouds go away.It does look like the clouds are clearing in Cairns. The sun is coming up, bits of blue in the sky and hopefully it will all be dark in less than 30 minutes, Mel.It is going to be beautiful. That NASA camera is set up at Palm Cove, which is just down the hill from where I am. So we are in from the beach. But it has a magnificent vantage point. Grant, the whether is what we are mainly concerned about. We are looking at the clouds, there is a bit around. They are clearing a bit. Will it be enough?As your resident weather girl, feeling the pressure, just quietly. There is a lot of people depending on this. It is like the cast of the 'Baig bang Theory' nerds central. Have you been having a good giggle.Yes, a good show.Can I have your various titles?Astronomy but I am the physics outreach ofrps for the University of New South Wales and a masters of science.You probably know a tad more than me. Everyone was yelling and cheering?The clouds finally parted for a brief moment so we saw a partial of the moon grazing the sun.It started?Yes, it started just after sunrise. We were here at the crack of dawn, 3:00.In terms of significance of your career and you personally, describe this?Well, it is pretty ah inspiring I am -- awe inspiring. I am waiting for the totality, I have seen a partial. It is my first total solar eclipse. Hopefully if the clouds part.It there a chance you could cry?Maybe but my but my girlfriend is not here.Big day, mate, back to you, Mel, we are hoping.I wasn't expecting him to cry. See how we go. Remember, don't look at the solar eclipse. It won't physically hurt your physically hurt your eyes but can damage them long term. You won't feel pain at the time but it can harm them long term, thence the glasses.

I'm joined by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
in Cairns. And NASA research scientist
Jennifer Heldmann is in California. Good morning to you both. Dr Karl, what should we see happen
in the next half an hour?

Well, providing the clouds get out of the way, we'll see the sun slowly get Eaton by the moon. At -- eaten by the moon. We, if we are lucky will see solar prominences. I have seen solar prominences three times the size of the earth erupted on the sun. We might see a lovely cosmic dance like that.Will it like light fading slowly? Will it be quickly? How do we prepare for this moment? Oh, what happens is your eyes are very good at adjusting. So even when there is only 1% of the sun exposed, just the merest thinnest sliver, at that stage, you still cannot look at it with the naked eye. Your eyes have adjusted and you think it is normal sunlight. It is why you need the special glasses. Then it goes black, like the sun set. You will see half a dozen stars easily. In the daytime, suddenly you can see stars and planets in the sky. Then darkness above you, a purple rim around the horizon, if you are lucky, like I said, prominences coming off the sun. Happiness and then it all goes away. It is like sex, you get upside down, thrown free and then you remember it is OK. Thanks, can we take our glasses off in the middle of it while it is dark?In totality, when every bit is covered by the moon it is perfectly safe. Outside totality, you can do a burn on your eye, like a plasma screen burn. In the 'Lancet' article they talk about people having a crescent-shaped burn in their eyes for the rest of their eyes. Do not look at it outside of totality. Thank you. Jennifer, explain why people are so excited. Why the solar eclipse is so very special and important?This is an important solar eclipse because they only happen every few years. In this particular eclipse is happening near the solar maximum the solar maximum. So when the sun is very active, a lot of sun spots on the surface of the sun and we think it is happening because of the solar atmosphere or corona. It is very important to observe. Throngs of scientists have gone to Australia to collect data during this very important event.Elit us what data -- tell us what data you will get at NASA. We are looking at the pictures. It is breath-taking. The sun has emerged behind me, it has gotten very bright. Every time it changes I can hear crowds cheering. It is quite beautiful already. Explain to me what you will learn from this?Sure, from this solar eclipse, once we have an eclipse of the sun it is the only time we can see the solar corona or the atmosphere around the sun. It is always there. But the sun is so bright, in the day time, a bright blue sky and it washes out. The solan corona is very hot, millions of degrees, hotter than the surface of the sun, we don't understand why. There are the solar prominences and flares that come off the sun. We are trying to understand what causes them and when. It is only during the eclipses we can collect the data to see the corona. So that is why, from see the corona. So that is why, from a science point of view it is very important.Why does it damage the eyes?There is so much harmful radiation from the sun. Even in the day time you never look at the sun because it is dangerous. The radiation is still coming off the sun during an eclipse. The sun is always there and does what it does. We don't want to be fooled into thinking we can look at the eclipse during the sun. It is very dangerous. It is why everybody has the protective glasses to take the precautions and not look directly at the sun.Just so everyone else not in Far North Queensland doesn't get too disheartened tell me about the rest of Australia. 84% in Brisbane, 62% in Melbourne, what will it be like in those places this morning? In those places they will see the partial eclipse where the entire disc of the sun isn't disc of the sun isn't covered but the part. Part will be blocked off by the moon coming into a field of view. Very exciting for you folks in Australia, to see it, whether it is the total or partial eclipse. It is a very special event not everyone gets to see.Will it still damage eyes in other places. If you are in Melbourne or Sydney and see a partial eclipse, do you still have to cover your eye?Yes, still do not look at the sun because the armful radiation is come -- harmful radiation is still coming from the sun and it is dangerous.Right, watch it through the telly. Thank you both. Dr Karl, we know you love anything sciencey, so I imagine you are very excited.I'm very are very excited.I'm very excited. I have seen three solar eclipses. I have seen three solar eclipses.Epe I have seen three solar I have seen three solareclipses. Each one is fantastic. You ask have you seen a solar eclipse and people say, " say, "Yes, I think I have seen one." Mate, it is like sex, you know it. If you are inside totality, you are going to have a fantastic time. I feel sorry for people outside totality.Thank you, Dr Karl, very descriptive. There you go, Kochie, I hope it has answered your question this morning.I want to whip outside and have a look and compare it to the live stuff you are seeing there, that is great. It just looks spectacular.Lovely.Do you get a tingling sensation or anything like that? tingling sensation or anything like that??I think so.Dr Karl!Yes, he has got a bit of a theme happening this morning.'50 Shades of the Eclipse'.He is going to have a moment during totality.Well, I told you earlier, the hotel is preparing this morning for three proposals. That is one hotel. I'll let you know at the end of the day how many engaged couples fly out.With the four cameras.The mega wall, yes.We will get back to you shortly, Mel.

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But quick, let's go back to Mel, we are almost at totality.We are almost as excited as the Cash Cow winner.

Michelle Tapper is in Cairns.
Good morning. There are a lot of clouds around,
is that obscuring your view?

We do have a pretty clear view. It is patchy cloud. But a hushed, you know, eerie silence is falling over the crowd here. We are less than five minutes away from witnessing one of the wonders of the solar system. I have got Jana with me, she has travelled all the way from Turkey.It is amazing. It is a natural beauty. I would like to see what is happening in this time. It is why we are here with my friends and my friend's birthday was yesterday. Really enjoyed it in

Only a couple of minutes to go, we can feel it is getting darker on the foreshore, very exciting.Yes, very exciting. Alright, thank you, Michelletouch it is almost getting that

feel, it is starting to get that. So people are beginning to put their glasses on. We will keep an eye on it. Let's go back to Nat with the news.

A former union employee claims

he deposited $5,000 into Julia
Gillard's personal bank account in the 1990s

at the request of her
former boyfriend, Bruce Wilson. 'The Australian' newspaper says the allegations are detailed
in a confidential diary. Whistleblower Wayne Hem says he told the boss of the Australian
Workers Union about the payment in 1996.

The Prime Minister has repeatedly
denied any wrongdoing over the creation
of a union slush fund while Mr Wilson worked for union. Child abuse victims
and their families are angry at Cardinal George Pell's
response to a planned royal commission
into institutionalised paedophilia. The country's top Catholic says
his church has been made a scapegoat and insists the inquiry will
separate fact from fiction. "The church is covering up,
the church has done nothing." That's not the case.

Cardinal Pell believes priests who hear admissions of abuse
during confession should remain bound by church rules
not to report them. Melbourne police are believed to be closing in on the killer
of racing identity Les Samba. News Limited reports detectives
are investigating a gangland figure with links to
shady racing identities in Victoria. It's understood the task force
investigating the Samba murder is running a parallel investigation
into alleged race-fixing. Les Samba was shot dead
in an execution-style killing, last February.

He was the father-in-law
of top jockey Danny Nikolic.

A quick weather check from Grant? Well, it is all happening at the moment. Dive quickly into the moment. Dive quickly into weather as we speak.

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As we get set. It is almost a full eclipse, everybody. Back to you.

Thanks, Grant. Don't go anywhere. The big moment is here. Far North Queensland is about
to be plunged into total darkness as the moon completely
blocks out the sun. We've got the big event covered.

Don't look at it without the proper glasses. I promise you, I am looking the other way. Can can do long-term damage to your eyes.

Sunrise correspondent
Michelle Tapper is with science guru
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki in Cairns. Grant is in Port Douglas and NASA scientist Jennifer Heldmann
joins us from California. Michelle, talk us through
what's actually happening when darkness falls?

We are a few minutes away from commeet totality where the moon will block the sun and the light reaching land. It is getting very dark on the foreshore. A bit eerie. Everyone is getting quieter and quieter with their eclipse glazs on. -- glasses on.We have got probably 90% of the sun being covered by the moon, it is darkening all around us, as you can see. Unfortunately, there is a big black cloud between us and the sun. We have got four minutes for that big black cloud to get out of the way. I'm putting it on notice.Well, it is rather thaj large and the rain has just started.We will see stars, with luck and stars and planets in the daytime in the sky.Are you excited?Always! This will be my fourth one. I love them to pieces. We're ready for goose bumps Mel. Mate, there is cheering, high 5ing, there is whistling, there is excitement on this beach. We are a clear path at the moment between the clouds. There is a small gap and there is almost a full eclipse of the sun at the moment. We are talking thousands and

of people along the beach at the moment, of what is normally very quiet holiday hamlet is now a hive of activity. of quiet holiday hamlet is now a hive ofActivity. This is a huge celestial event. If you miss event. If you miss this one, the next is 215, next is 215, (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) ?On the beach, the darkness is extraordinary at the moment. It feels like God has reached up and turned the big globe in the sky off. It is quite an extraordinary experience. It is very eerie yet amazingly peaceful! Wow! Wow! This is is just incredible! It is, I can't begin to describe. Everybody's faces, there is just flashes going offm what is it like where you are? Grant, I am at Palm Cove as you know, we have exactly the same here. I have got to explain it for people at home, as they

watching these magnificent pictures. Wow! You can hear everybody cheering. It is dark! There it is. My goodness. Jennifer from NASA is tracking this. Jennifer, while we continue to look at the pictures, can you talk us through this please, tell us why it is so stuning and why it is so dark and so quiet.Sure, so what you're seeing right now is the moon has gone right in front of the sun. So basically, justing out the light of the sun from the moon. It is a really spectacular event that only happens every few years. To see a full solar eclipse is very rare. It is the only time we get to see the outer part of the sun. Beautiful with the outer parts of the atmosphere of the sun, that are millions of degrees in temperature, very, very hot. We are trying to understand why it is the case and how the sun works. We can only see this part of the sun when we have the solar eclipse like this. It is what you can see now and the darkness going across the land because we are blocking out most of the light from the disc of the sun. We have all taken our glasses off, we are safe. It is almost as if, the breeze has stopped, the temperature feels like it has dropped. Is that my imagination.I don't know. I wish I was there in Australia to experience it myself.We can hear everybody cheering, Grant, I everybody cheering, Grant, I don't know why I'm talking softly. I had everybody cheering here when it happened and now they are quiet, madly taking photos and Ooo-ing and Ah-ing.Just look down the beach, if you can, and you you can, and you can see flashes for kilometres. 10s of thousands of people manning this beautiful beach because the sun is now reemerging. I might have a quick word with someone who has their masters. What do you make of it?It is pretty incredible. Unfortunately, the clouds came over but quite awe inspiring. Amazing. Well done, worth the trip?Yes, definitely.Here it is, coming back, the dawn of a new era. It is inspiring.Grant, look at the sea. Can you see the water? We get a magnificent view of the ocean as the sun is coming up on it. The lights are emerging again.Yes, it is extraordinary. We got paddle boarder out on the water, which is, in crocodile territory is brave. Good on them for wanting to make the most of it. We have got a cruise ship parked just off the shore wanting to make the most of it. It is a spine-tingling experience. I haven't seen one, I thought sun blocking moon, whatever. But to watch it, it goes against your DNA on what we are made to experience as humans. It is against the grain and very rare but a very wonderful and magical experience at the same time. I feel like hugging someone.Alright, well, I'll let you find someone to hugch. Dr Karl, you're with Michelle, I was reading here on the five stages observed during a total eclipse, from the first second and the second contact. 1 says you may be lucky enough to witness what they call Bailey's B, which are distinct points of light seen on the edge of the moon's disc caused by sun shining through the valley on the moon's surface. I have got no idea what I was looking for. Did you manage to see that?Well, Dr Karl can't hear you. But he is can't hear you. But he is like a kid in a candy store here.I bet.The moment of complete totality, he was getting very excited. We saw a up canal of stars.Just say it again, we saw some stars in the daytime. Not just tiny dots, really bright. It was really bright. Midnight came in the middle of the morning and we saw stars! How often are you to see stars in the day time.It was a bit eerie too. I got goose bumps. We were watching the birds out over the water, flapping around furiously and suddenly they started getting quiet, everything went quiet.Everything was confused. It was a wonderful thing I inglad I saw it. The irony, not irony, the big -- I am glad I saw it. Right over here, the law of maximum inconvenience, darkness here and light there.It was an awe-inspiring couple of minutes. 10th May I will be somewhere looking for it in the top of Australia. There will be another one.We will have to wait until then or 2028 for the next one, which will be out west, across Charleville and through across to Sydney, Mel.OK, wait we will. Now we have seen this. Watching the sun starting to emerge. Morning! Glasses of champagne. Grant, you have the same situation on the beach. Have the champagne corks being popped yet.There is lovers walking down, holding hands, lovers, it is a quest to find the biggest telescope. Simon? A passion or a hobby?A hobby.

was using the eye piece of his telescope to project on to the cardboard. It gave a hugely magnified vision?You can see the shimmering of the heat of the sun and the sun spots.It looked like the sun, or the surface of the moon was running because you could see the ripples of the heat haze making this effect on the enlarged piece of paper. What did you think? You have been waiting for it to happen? Really good.Why? What is the attraction for 10s of thousands of people?Just the rarity, probably never happen again in my life time, to be in the place, underneath it, it is great.Remind everybody up and down the east coast, you can see it in variering degrees, Brisbane, 86% and less so, 50 for and then Melbourne but we are under t