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This program is captioned live. Hello. I'm Tracy Grimshaw. We'llcome. First tonight - the push for a big increase in dole payments to struggling Aussies. It's argued the unemployed deserve a break after years of living below the poverty line. As we found out on the streets today, many disagree.

It's got the community split. The dole recipients deserve more money. We would like to see a $50 increase in the unemployment payment.I'd rather the money in my pocket.What would an extra $50 a week do for you?Stock up on meat, your fruit and veg. Fresh milk and bread. Every day essentials.Some people like supporting the long-term unemployed and some others it seems aren't so enthused.I hate it. I work two jobs. They're not doing anything.Those on the dole can be a pretty reliant group but in truth they're hardly living the high life. Crunch your numbers and you gate bit of perspective on just how little job-seekers receive. The average Australian earns just over $1400 a week before tax. The minimum wage is a little less at $600 and the pover Lee line is $470 a week. -- poverty line is $400 70. Down the bottom is $246.I mean, it's $35 a day. I always pause on that because you have to get your head around how can you do it? It is seriously tough.What would an extra $50 a week do for you?A hell of a lot, yeah. A hell of a lot.In Campbelltown, we met plenty of recipients who were excited by the prospect of an increase which is being debated. Are there weeks where you can't make ends meet?All the time. I can't remember the last time we went out to a movie. We can't afford it.Do the kids have to miss out?Sometimes they do and might miss out on play nights because there's not enough money to buy things.It was a similar story at Logan in Queensland as well.I'd like to see the politicians live on what we earn. That wouldn't last 'em half a day.It would help even if it is a little bit, it would help.Despite having a much smaller population than Victoria, Queensland actually has a higher number of long-term

Queensland actually has a higher
number of long-term unemployed. Cairns and Townsville are home to the largest numbers of job-seekers. In Sydney, many would be surprised to know there are more people collecting on the NorthErn Beaches and murube -- Northern Beaches and Maroubra than in the west. We're told that while other wen fts like the aged pension have been -- benefits like the aged pension have been bumped up, the dole has been ignored.Paul Keating was the last PM prepared to increase it. We have increases in the cost of living and we must recognise this unemployment payment is too low. It's unbearable to live on.In an ideal world we would give everyone more money but we already hand out nearly $7 billion a year in unemployment benefits. If we were to give an extra $50 a week, that would mean taxpayers fork out an extra $1.5 billion a year for welfare payment in what are already some pretty lean financial times.It would be terrific to give them a lot more money and cut income tax and give everybody more money, but we can't afford it. You can't look at it in isolation.Where does it come from? Neil Mitchell thinks that rather than taxpayers footing the bill, perhaps extra money for people can come from a crackdown on those who are rorting the system.We still have a problem with dole bludgers. If we do have a problem with dole cheats, track them down and stop paying people who done deserve it. Maybe it would save a bit of money. The age old problem will always be there are some who don't do the right thing. What would an extra $50 a week do for you?Probably buy me an extra beer at the pub.There are many others hoping an increase is on the way. The first step to that may come when the findings of the parliamentary inquiry are announced in the next couple of weeks.This is the budget coming up where we ned to put the extra $50 a week. Give people a

where we ned to put the extra $50 a
week. Give people a break.We'd like to know what you think. We're asking:

Last weekend the man you're about to see and his wife thought they'd film their trip through the countryside. They never expected to capture this.

You're about to see exactly how quickly things can turn for the worse behind the wheel. When lives change in an instant.I'm alright. You right?Yep.

change in an instant.I'm alright.
You right?Yep.This footage was taken on Saturday. The driver and his passenger had been at a hot rod club meeting in country Victoria. And decided to film their drive home with no idea what was about to happen. It's a scenario played out on roads everywhere, every day. A car waits to turn right. The car behind takes a risk by overtaking on the inside. Off the tarmac the next car slows but the last driver leaves it far too late to brake and loses control. It was the luckiest of escapes, all caught on camera. These cameras aren't just for making road movies or as proof for insurance companies in case of an accident. What they've done is allow us to see the impact of a car crash from the perspective of a driver who may not be at fault. In all it's a terrifying reality. A fortnight ago this Melbourne driver was minding his own business when out of nowhere the car he struck had simply gone straight through a Give Way sign and the camera caught it all. Once again, nobody was injured but it could have been far worse.Anything that's going to track what you're doing and what other people are doing on the road around you has got to be a good thing.ACA's motoring expert says it's no longer a case of one driver's word against another's.We already see insurance companies reducing premiums for difference in paints. I wouldn't be surprised if we see it reduced further for people with a cam in their car. It's time these people were caught on cameras and we can stop them that way. Because that way they've got no defence.Damien is an ex- policeman who works for Community Against Crime, a group of volunteers who make the bad drivers accountsable by filming them and handing the vision to police. Anybody who is going to carry on about civil liberties and things like that, go back to the '70s. Things have changed. We've got cameras everywhere.Not every crash is the result of stupid behaviour. It can just be a lack of concentration that costs lives.You have to behave yourself on the road and adhere. It might be another motorist with a camera in their car that could catch you.

motorist with a camera in their car
that could catch you.How many times you wished you had a camera in your car. It's been labelled a kiddy crimewave. Young children committing senseless acts of violence, showing absolute disregard for the law and all before they've even reached high school. They're armed, they're dangerous but they're just children. Break and enters, graffiti and public nuisance behaviour.Stealing, fighting, terrorising family suburbs. Frightened adult residents are filming from their homes. It's 11pm and these kids are out to destroy the neighbourhood. Caught on camera, they smash, then trash this friendly grocer. Baby faces are covered with hoods. You were upstairs, what did you hear?

are covered with hoods. You were
upstairs, what did you hear?A couple of big bangs and thularm went off.They head straight for the cigarettes. A crowbar breaks the lock and grab as many packs as their arms can carry. Other children steal everything else they can get their hands on. Cigarettes, they took chocolates. Ice creams. And bubble gum. Not old enough to drive, but they've got a getaway car outside. They run back and forth filling it with stolen goods. This rampage lasted over three minutes. Scenes like this are said to be common.It seems to be a generational thing and that's very concerning. I think we've all got a lot of work to do.These robbers targeted a store in the middle of a suburban street. They didn't even seem to care they were being watched and filmed by residents in this house behind me and the apartment above the shop. Ingrid works in the grocery store and lives upstairs. One of her flatmates filmed the drama. While Ingrid's other flatmate calls which police. When the coast is clear, shocked neighbours brave the crime scene.

Plenty of people around but we didn't know what to do.Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne. Australiawide. It will shock some people but it would not be surprising at all for police.From fighting in shopping malls, to burglaries.Some of these young people involved in crime, often their home environments aren't safe places. That's often why they're out on the street.This was filmed at a shopping mall in Blacktown. And this isn't Schoolies, it's a shopping centre north of Brisbane. Witnesses say the police officers who responded to this latest child robbery told them they'd been chasing these out of control kids.They said they were trying to catch them for the last couple of weeks. They were breaking and entering, stealing cars.With school holidays approaching, the concern is more groups of bored students will be hitting the streets.We're very frustrated with it. We need the community. We can't do our job without them.For this shop owner, it's the second time he's been robbed in a year. While his store has obvious security cameras and monitors, nothing it seems is deterring the current kiddy crimewave.It's sad they're young. Because if they can do this at a young age, you wonder what they'll get up to when they get

they'll get up to when they get
older.Good point. If you have a story from your neighbourhood you'd like us to know about, please give us a call or send us an email. Legal threats, intimidation and bullacy are some of the tactics debt collectors use to git their own way.What sort of a heartless business are you? Any morals or ethics?If I can get out of here, I will.The debt collecting company using threatening tactics like they're doing is appalling conduct. It's the equivalent to bullacy.We just bought our second home and had all these big plans for this new financial year and it's all blown out the window.Scott is going through hell, all for just trying to sell his car.Had a bit of trust. You can't trust anyone.Five months ago the father of two signed a contract to sell the family car to a Nationwide second hand dealer. When the car company went under and never paid him, he cancelled the contract and retrieved his vehicle. I have every right to come and get my car back. It's still in my name. We were there when Scott arrived to take back what was rightfully his. Now he's been chased by ruthless debt collectors, demanding he hand his car over to them, even though the car dealers that went bust never paid Scott a cent.We're not authorised

authorised to speak. Sorry.The way we feel is we're right. And that's why we've got the car. It's on our property. We still own it. It's in our name.Hell bent on getting Scott's car, bullying debt collectors are sending outrageous demands and promising to sue. Whoever wrote this hasn't got a heart.A letter written, stating:

Scott has been told his credit rating will be ruined unless he gives in to the demands and the only way he can keep his car is to pay them what it's worth, even though the car is his and still registered in his name.Disgusting and unfair. The person, whoever has wrote it is very unprofessional. The letter finishes with this warning.

Who wrote them this letter? He can't even have a chat to us.Speak to the liquidators.We went to the offices asking questions about bullying. The debt collector wasn't so brave, hiding inside and sending out colleague Dave to face the music. You know this guy has been paid no money for his car and you're writing letters like this to him. We did manage to get Craig back on the phone. Written quite a threatening letter to him.I didn't think it was threatening.All of a sudden all that tough talking

sudden all that tough talking
disappeared.I'm not having this discussion with you.What you're doing is wrong.I'm not able to speak to you about this without the consent of my client.I fought for what's ours. By rights what is ours. There's not much more I can do. Whether we turned up, all Lee could come up with is a 6-sentence media statement saying nothing. Pretty pathetic when you consider the lengths he's prepared to go to to bully an innocent victim of a shonky business.Any suggestion the liquidator would sell the car back is outrageous in circumstances when it was never sold in the first place.A Queens Counsel who specialises in this says the debt collectors acting on behalf of Worrells Insolvency are out of line. To have debt collectors chase him when there is at this points in time no debt is wrongful action on a debt collector's part.We went to Worrells Insolvency to ask why they employed such overzealous money men? A partner is heading up the investigation. He wouldn't show his face. In fact, no-one would. All running for cover from our cameras. If you're after someone to speak to, they're hard to come by. We managed to get the Worrells's investigator on the line. We're in reception waiting to have a chat to you.I'm in a meeting. I've told you.You're not in a building. You just answered your phone.My advice to him is to keep the car and if he needs to sell it, to sell it and keep the proceeds.Scott's car was damaged while it was in the holding yard belonging to the now defunct dealership. And it's certainly worth less than the cost of any legal fees he would incur in a court battle. However, if these ruthless debts collecting agents do take Scott to court, legal experts believe the Brisbane father of two will win.If he has terminated the contract and taken the car back because they didn't honour it in paying him, then he's the rightful owner.And Worrells Insolvency has now told us they won't be pursuing Scott's car because it's not financially viable. You can read their full statement on our website. The supermarkets will use any excuse for a price war so with Christmas fast approaching, they've announced they're carving up the price of ham.We'll sell in excess of four million kilos of hams over the Christmas period.Lovely and lean.Santa has an early gift for you.The ham is beautiful. Christmas hams at record low prices. In my 27 years of being with the industry, I've never seen the price of $6.99 for a full leg ham. Woolworths fired the first salvo. We're working closely with the Australian producers and farmers. Woolworths have dropped $2 a kilo from their full legs of ham down to $6.99. And $1 from their half legs of ham. So Coles has also jumped on board, dropping their prices down to $6.99 and from tomorrow their half legs will be $8. Aldi's ham hit the stores on November 19 and there you will pay $7.99 for a half leg.That's a saving up to $18. While the supermarket giants are slicing off the price of ham in record chunks, they all promise this won't be the only discounted item on the menu for Christmas lunch.One of 12 lines so far we've launched and a number of other lines coming up in the next few weeks. You'll have to wait and see. After the break - the pensioner hit with an 800% insurance hike.I can't afford to pay that This program is not captioned. MAN: Saturday -
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and the odd little devil, where success isn't measured in tries but the number of triers...

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Severina Bakari hasn't made an insurance claim fore more than 20 years. Now the 83-year-old has been slapped with an 800% premium hike. It's a bill she can't afford to pay. To me, it's criminal.When 83-year- old Severina Bakari opened her latest home insurance bill, she couldn't believe what she saw. She has been insured by NRMA for more than 40 years and this year they increased her home building insurance from $870 to $7,200. That's an increase of a staggering 800%.I can't afford to pay that money. It's more than a quarter. It's not the only bill we pay.With her husband in hospital recovering from a heart attack, she showed the bill to her son.. I don't know why they could do something like that. The property backs on to a canal. Even when heavy rain flooded parts of the Wollongong suburb last year, their home was untouched. In the 46 years they've lived there, the home has never flooded.Never having a drop of water.When they contacted the insurance company, the pensioners were told the reasons for the increase to deal with the location of the property. But that doesn't explain why the house next door was served a very different bill of just $3,000 with exactly the same insurer.Their bill was $3,200. And they no longer are with NRMA and have gone with another insurance company.NRMA Insurance refused to comment on camera.

We as consumers probably need to be more proactive and seek out the best deals and ask our insurer for the best deals on whether they can do better on the price.Make sure the first quote you get isn't your last.Premiums can differ by up to 900% after the same location. Severina Bakari is still holding out hope the NRMA will reconsider. We can't afford to pay that money. That's for sure.We'll let you know how she goes. Whether we come back - confessions of a game show king. Tony Barber opens up.I felt hurt. I felt I had

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Tomorrow night - confessions of a game show king.The secret life of Tony Barber.Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the show. How he fell in love with his best friend's wife.Hello. I'm on a date. The quiz master breaks his silence about his private pain and why he really quit TV. That revealing interview tomorrow night only on A Current Affair. Thanks for your This program is not captioned. MICHAEL CATON:
Tonight on Hot Property... Here we go. ..these guys need to sell
in a hurry... We've said a little prayer,
so we're ready to go. ..because Cassie's worried
about losing her job. Job security isn't what
it used to be. All they want to do is break even. We'd be very happy to get that back. Plus... MAN: Extend it right up. ..a renovator's delight. This home is a mongrel home.
It needs an awful lot of work on it.

But with a reserve price of less
than 300 grand, who's complaining? Get it for the price you want,
you've won TattsLotto. If you haven't got it, well, you got the wrong numbers
this week. (LAUGHS)

G'day and welcome to Hot Property. I'm Michael Caton. Now, what's ever happened to
that good, old-fashioned backyard? Thanks to subdivision laws, they're
becoming an endangered species. But here's one family
who've kept the dream alive.

The Berrys of Winthrop, in Perth, have found many uses
for their backyard. There's just enough room
to lay out a cricket pitch.

That's got to be a four.

And it's the perfect size
for a badminton court.

They play bocce on it, too. How good is that lawn? I guess one of the things
that I really like about Winthrop is you've got
the larger block sizes. There's also a rule, I believe,
where there's no subdivision. Between them, Allan and Cassie Berry
have three boys - John, James and Andrew. We bought this house about
three years ago, didn't we? That's right, yeah.
When I got a promotion. And we thought we'd move from
a single-storey into a double-storey house.

Great neighbourhood, great house,
and they've loved living here. But now they have to sell up, because Cassie's got worries
on the job front.

Cassie's a professor of immunology and a research director
at Perth's Murdoch University.

With my work at the moment, we're undergoing
a major restructuring. And with any restructuring,
jobs may be lost and there's always that threat of
redundancy or retrenchment.

In the world of academia, there's no such thing as
a job for life these days.

So the Berrys are going to auction. They want to buy a cheaper house and downsize their mortgage. The main point of moving is that
we'll basically halve our mortgage. So we really want to
get rid of our debt fast.

The good news is the Berrys have
an outstanding property to sell - four bedrooms, three bathrooms,
and a 3-car garage. This is our main living area. And we've got the kitchen over here. We've got the dining room. This is our master bedroom. You can see it's a giant room. It used to be a formal lounge room. We've got a lovely walk-in robe
and a beautiful brand-new ensuite. Up here is the teenage retreat
where the boys hang out.

Now, the Berrys paid $1.25 million
for this house three years ago. So how much do they want for it now? We'd be really happy
to get that back. We'd be very happy to get that back.

Now, some of you aren't old enough
to remember, but in the good old days
of real estate, you could by a place
for 200 or 300 grand. Unlike this house.