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(generated from captions) While the city is sitting on 21. After a cool and cloudy start
this morning,

we reached a top of 25 today. as northerly winds pushed through, Penrith and Richmond were
the warmest, reaching 29 degrees, while Liverpool and Homebush both
had maximums of around 27 degrees. From the satellite -

across the nation,
a cool change is sweeping through Victoria
and southern New South Wales but that's produced little
in the way of rainfall. Tonight, a cool change will sweep
up the coast of New South Wales. Around the nation, it will be fine and partly cloudy
in Melbourne and Canberra, while northerly winds will help
bring a very warm day to Adelaide. The rough conditions on the water
should ease tomorrow. Tonight will be fine, but expect a fresh and gusty
southerly change to sweep through. Tomorrow will be fine but be cloudy. A gusty southerly change
will move through later tonight, bringing gale-force gusts
along the coast. Temps will be mostly
in the low 20s tomorrow but should nudge up towards
24 degrees in Richmond and Penrith. Friday looking fine with a sunny and warm weekend
on the way.

And that's Seven News
for this Wednesday. I'm Chris Bath.
Thanks for your company. Ahead on Today Tonight, the mother
who wants her daughter jailed. That's next.

Tonight, a mother's desperate search
for her missing daughter but it's not what it seems. I want to spit in her face.
I want her in jail. Plus...

Sammy's stocks soar -
what her 'X Factor' win will mean. And sunglasses put to the test, from market cheapies
to $400 designer brands.

Good evening. Thanks for
your company on Today Tonight. First, the mother
searching across the country

for her missing daughter but it's not what you think. The daughter doesn't want
to be found because her mum wants her locked up. David Richardson has the story. My heart is become granite stone.
So hard. And I will spit her face.
I don't care if I go jail. I'm really come to the point
I will spit in her face. This woman is not talking about
her worst enemy. She's talking about her daughter -
her own flesh and blood. I wish the law allow to me
to divorce her and never, ever see her again.

Ayse Hilliard is at her wit's end. She claims
she's been defrauded, robbed, had dozens and dozens of
traffic infringements billed to her, been threatened with arrest, and now faces financial ruin - all thanks to her daughter. I'm going through hell.
I don't have money. Sometimes, I don't even have money
to go shopping. I'm so desperate. Because of your daughter?

# Happy birthday to you # Happy birthday to you... # This is Sarah Hilliard
and her family in happier times... Don't give up your day job. ..celebrating her birthday. But the smiles here are forced. And, within months, Sarah will have taken the car
she borrowed from her parents and fled across the country,
leaving a trail of bills her parents
have been forced to pay - an incredible amount. How much, all up, has she cost you? Around the $600,000 or something. $600,000?
Yes.

Sarah Hilliard married young,
had a baby, then divorced. Wanting a home for herself
and her child, her parents
built this brand-new home on the outskirts of Perth, using their own house as surety - their first mistake. And she live in the house
six months. She hasn't paid any penny
for the mortgage. Sarah's mother, Ayse, when the bank threatened
to repossess both properties. She paid off thousands
to the bank. Then,
Sarah took her mother's new car, a silver Golf Polo, and fled the state to Melbourne. You reported your car stolen
to the police? Yes. Did they do anything?
No. You reported the car stolen
to the Victorian Police? Yes. Did THEY do anything?
No. And that's when the bills
really started to pile up. Remember, Ayse's missing car
is registered in her name. But her daughter,
now in hiding in Melbourne, was racking up dozens and dozens
of driving infringements and unpaid tolls all across the city. Eight speed camera fines
in just one month, 52 other infringements
in less than two years, all billed to Ayse,
living 16,000km away. So, all up, how much has she cost
you just in traffic infringements? $18,800.

18,800?
Yes.

And climbing?
And climbing. 50 times
Ayse filled in the infringements but she didn't have an address so the debt recovery office, or Victorian Civic Compliance
as it's called, chased her for the money. The whole time you're supposedly
driving this car... Yes.
..where are you? I was in Switzerland. But it gets even more ridiculous
still. Ayse and her husband have done
everything humanly possible to try to clear their names.

They've reported their car stolen
to police forces in two states. They've written more than 50 letters to government departments
and ministers in West Australia
and here in Victoria. But all their pleas
have been ignored. And in a final act
of bureaucratic madness, the Victorian Police
are now threatening to arrest Ayse for offences she's never committed. So, if we went to the police station
and asked for help, they'd lock you up? Yeah. With no address for her child, we checked the infringements,
found where she drove and tried to track her down. You haven't seen that girl around,
have you? No. Sorry. No. Not at all? Nah. She's been missing
this last 2.5 years in this area. Have you seen? No.
No. No, no, no. You haven't seen her around,
have you, by any chance? She might work around here
or live around here? No. I'd say, I don't.
OK. Alright. Have you seen this girl? The inner-city suburb of Hawthorn
was her last known location. Now desperate, Ayse and her husband
want the unthinkable. Do you want your daughter arrested? (SIGHS)

Yes. Yes.

This is your daughter? It doesn't matter.

If I don't do it, later, maybe,
she hurt someone else too. You're virtually
begging the authorities to lock your daughter up. Yes. Ayse Hilliard
has been forced back to Perth, trying to sort out
the financial mess her daughter Sarah has created. She morally paralysed us
and that hurts me. She destroyed my love.

She went in to last night's finale
as 'The X Factor' favourite and delivered. Now Samantha Jade's stocks
have soared, with a single
already topping the charts and an album due out
before Christmas. 25-year-old Sammy faced plenty
of adversity and self-doubt after her singing career was left
in tatters once before, but, this time around,
it's a very different story. Adene Cassidy was back stage
last night.

The winner of 'The X-Factor' 2012
is... ..SAMANTHA JADE!

(CHEERING AND SCREAMING) It was music
to Samantha Jade's ears, and, already,
the cash registers are ringing. It definitely
kicks-starts your career. She's honest, she's hard-working,
she's a great songwriter, so she's got all the tools. How big, no-one can say for sure, but Sammy's new single,
'Whatever You've Done to Me', immediately leapt
to the top of the iTunes chart.

but the comeback queen was nervous. Let's go, Sammy girl. 3 million Australians tuned in to see if she could beat
the Collective and underdog Jason Owen. Right, who's in here? ALL: (YELL) Team Sammy! Team Sammy! Backstage, even the most seasoned
performers were on edge. Are you feeling nervous? I am nervous.

Sammy, you're a superstar.
I'm rootin' for you. Do it, girl. Go all the way
'cause you are amazing. Good on you! Even though Sammy's been in
the bottom two four times, she's tipped to win. There's only a few minutes left
until we find out. It's anyone's guess right now. First, the Collective,
a favourite to win, were eliminated. It is sad to say goodbye
to the Collective. Then, the wait for Samantha Jade
was finally over, becoming the first female winner
of 'X Factor'. (CHEERING)

I'm in shock. I didn't think
I'd win. No way!

I still think I'm gonna wake up from
a dream.

But it hasn't been an easy road
for Sammy. The six months away from her family
and boyfriend were tough. Harder still not being by the side of her cousin
and best friend Chantelle who was going through brain surgery. Sammy said,
"I'm gonna do it for her. "I'm going to do it for Chantelle", when she was going to top four. I think it was because
that was when she was in hospital so, I think
that's what got her to top three. After being in the bottom two
four times, Sammy, even up until last night,
still didn't believe she could win. I was telling someone that today. She started crying last night after
she did her first audition song, and she saw the package and she said, "I just cannot believe
how many people turned out for me." She really seriously thought it was just going to be the family
and a few randoms. It's been a heart-breaking ride even
for her parents Jacqui and Kevin who say Sammy has wanted to give up
so many times over the years. I just had a moment because my mum, her nanna,
is like her guardian angel. She passed away -

and Sammy has a tattoo
on the back of her neck - and I just felt like my mum's been
here in this competition with her. How hard has she worked for this? Hard to explain. I mean, after America
and coming back over here, ready to give everything up
because that's what she was, she was saying,
"I've had enough of music. "It's just not there, Dad.
I just haven't got the love." And it was very, very saddening to see somebody with so much talent
actually giving it all up. And we said, "Look, you've just
got to give it one more go, baby." A last throw of the dice
that will pay off big-time. Just ask Reece Mastin
how it puts life into fast forward. Like, I'm doing everything now that I was planning to do
about five years ago, or five years ahead, sorry. So, it's nuts to think
I'm doing stuff now that I'm supposed to be doing
in five years. It's crazy.

Reece is about to release
his fourth single and start his third tour. All that in a year
since his own 'X Factor' win. Do you have to pinch yourself
sometimes? Yeah, all the time. I'll be in the studio and I'll sit there
with my headphones on and I'll be,
"I'm actually doing this." It's crazy. It still blows me away. On day one,
Sammy is already off and running, taking the fame and what lies ahead
in her stride. Perth won!

You don't need this anymore. I don't need this anymore. Sorry, Dad,
but I won't be coming back to work.

There's no time to rest. Samantha starts recording
her album tomorrow. It's due to be released
on December 7. Now to the campaign
to dob in racists, It's already started
and the warning is clear - watch what you say
and who you say it to or risk being branded a racist
and paying a hefty price. Clare Brady has more.

We'd like to think we're not,
but the secret's out - Australia is a land of racists. It's embarrassing,
but apparently true. Too many different religions. I think some people are racist. Too many people got different ideas. Yeah, I've been the only Australian
on the train before. You understand
they're now Australians, because they've adopted Australia. Yeah. I accept that,
but it can be intimidating - just the unknown.

We may embrace each others' cuisines but lurking underneath
is suspicion towards anyone new. They're shocking, in some regards. Professor Kevin Dunn
is behind the survey that has served us up
some food for thought. About 11% of Australians
would believe, for instance, that some races are superior
and some are inferior than others - racial supremacy.

It took a 12-year long survey
of more than 12,500 Australians to show half of us harbour
anti-Muslim sentiments. A quarter are anti-Semitic and one in three admit
some feelings of racism towards those that were here first. And postcodes can carry a legacy. The survey found New South Wales and Queensland
are the most racist states. Victoria
is one of the most tolerant. Our workplaces are unforgiving. 17% of Australians have experienced
racism in their workplace. Amongst those who were born
in Sri Lanka or India, the rate is at 40%. If you're a Muslim Australian, then
the rates are between 50% and 60%. Most people don't report racism
or other experience of hate. People think nothing
is going to happen. They are afraid
of the repercussions. Racial ignorance is something Equal Opportunity and Human Rights
commissioner Karen Toohey doesn't tolerate. She heads up
a new anti-hate campaign which encourages people
to dob-in a racist. We've had reports of Aboriginals being refused service and being refused bookings
in restaurants. Reports of people being followed
around shops because they're from
particular ethnic backgrounds. Here's a letter already handed in. It was put in the letterbox
of a new arrived man from Sudan.

The letter went on and on -
abuse in every line. A racist and gutless attack. We will respond or write to
the person and contact them to give them information
about what they can do. They can make a formal complaint
to us. Serious cases of vilification
will be handled by the police and the perpetrator could face
up to six months' jail. Fines for individuals
are more than $6,000 and corporations
caught out being racist, The campaign, for now,
only exists in Victoria. One of Australia's
most talented performers, Kamahl, would like to see racists dobbed-in
nationwide. He knows all about racial taunts. People are not really concerned
about their fellow man. We can go to the moon,
but we don't know our neighbour. But 2UE's breakfast host
Jason Morrison doesn't believe
in tiptoeing around this issue. For him, it's a politically correct
bandaid that must be ripped off. If you want to put an end
to any discussion about anything, call someone a sexist or a racist -
it's over. That is the great determinator
of everything in this country. Politicians are frightened,
for example, to confront
our failing multicultural policies because they fear
being called racist. Some things
have got to be talked about and sometimes, they have to be
a little uncomfortable to be talked about. But they've got to be done
because if they're not, all that will happen is that we'll have the attitudes
festering in the community and the problem's not resolved. The solution may be simple. We're just afraid of things
we don't know. Learn. Learn to love
and try not to hate.

Our story last night

on the cost of providing
for Australia's ageing population certainly got you talking. One suggestion was that working Australians earning
more than $100,000 a year should help pay
for their parents in retirement. Our question was:

Here's a snapshot of your comments. Christine Johnson says:

You can continue having your say
on our website, on our Facebook page or via Twitter. After the break - putting sunglasses to the test. They are not giving the protection against the various
ultra-violet conditions. How do the designer brands stack up
against the cheapies? That's next.

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Australians are encouraged
to wear sunglasses to avoid serious
eye problems caused by sun exposure. But how much protection
do they give, and is there a difference
between the cheaper models and the designer sunnies? Madeleine Kennard
puts them to the test. No, these shouldn't be sold.
They shouldn't be on the market. Fashion versus function. Paying for style, not protection. If a sunglass doesn't have labelling
I would steer well clear. Which famous global fashion brand
failed to meet the Australian standard? Which is downright dangerous? What surprised me was

I didn't expect to see the
more reputable names with failures. Stephen Dain, professor of optometry at the University
of New South Wales, put a range of sunglasses
to the test for ultraviolet transmittance,
polarisation and overall safety. The types of sunglasses that fail
are, firstly, the gradient tints because the person ends up looking
through a dark part of one lens and a lighter, or still darker,
part of the other. They could be part of a risk
of somebody, say, driving and misjudging distance
of another vehicle or of a pedestrian. On the label, it must tell you which category of sunglasses
it meets. All sunglasses sold here
must meet the Australian standards and must be labelled, clearly stating
the degree of protection. Anthea Muir from OPSM. Category 3 is the darker sunglass
with great UV protection so that's probably the number one. Category 2 is for somebody who likes
their glasses a little bit lighter but still wants good protection. 9 million Australians
are exposing themselves to eye damage, vision loss and conditions like
macular degeneration and eyelid skin cancers. The UV is the same
whether it's sunny or cloudy. The cloud just takes the
sunlight away, but the UV remains. Ideally, it's best
to have a few pairs of sunglasses in your wardrobe. If you're going to the races, you want something
a little bit more designer and a little bit more extravagant. Rebecca Dimitrio from Sunglass Hut
says it's important to know
which suits your face shape. If you have a heart-shape face, go for a sunglass that's going to
compliment those angles. Like this cat eye
from Dolce & Gabbana. If you have an oval face shape, these are the glasses that you want
because it has a tear drop. If you have an oval face, try something which is long
and will compliment. Like this aviator from Ray-Ban. If you have a squarer face shape
or an angular face shape, you're best to go for something
that contrasts that. Go for these round frames from Coach
which will soften your square lines. It's time to reveal the results
of our scientific lens test. We tested six pairs of sunglasses - three cheap no-name pairs
from the markets and three reputable brands - including Ralph Lauren, Burberry
and Ray-Ban. Out of the sunglasses tested,
half failed the Australian standard. In my experience, ACCC would order a recall
for these kinds of defects. These children's sunglasses
were bought from the markets for $5. The right lens was visibly darker
than the left - an automatic fail. And they don't meet
the Australian standard. The children's sunglasses
transmit too much ultraviolet. They're not giving the protection
that the standard requires. This $20 market pair of aviators
claimed to be polarised. The polarisers have not been set
at the right angle. The second thing is that one of them
has too much refractive power. Basically,
the lens is distorting. It could give them blurred vision
or give them a headache. Proving you don't always get
what you pay for - $400 Burberry sunglasses failed. It fails because the two lenses
are not of equal tint. Which means that somebody's looking
at the world one eye slightly lighter. Luxottica, the manufacturers
of Burberry eyewear, say they stand by their product. In a statement, they said:

Go somewhere where the company or
the retailer has a name to defend. You will get the better chance
of something that complies.

Choose carefully this summer.
Madeleine Kennard reporting. Still ahead -
another incredible chapter in the story of young Liam
and his battle with Tourette's - his schoolmates had no idea. A class reunion you'll never forget. Stay with us.

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Tomorrow night, the emotional story
of Tourette's sufferer Liam - his return to school
is something not to be missed. What would it be like
not to have it? You have no idea.
It would change my life completely. It feels amazing. I'm a bit sore
still but that's expected. I'm so glad to be back
and so excited to be here. It is quite remarkable. That's tomorrow.
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CASEY: Do you want to go home?
I can't. Why not? I can't explain it to you now. Well, in that case, I think you
should stick around a bit longer. How would your girlfriend
feel about that? What am I gonna say? That I'm feeling insecure
because we got together when we thought
you were going to jail? And now I'm worried things
will change because you're not? Winston knows how to party. On one.
I'm not playing. Three.
Nope. Two. One.
OK. Give up, dude. You know you want to. No, no. I'm fine. LEAH: When I saw Jamie down
at the beach with VJ, it was scary. You saw him. He's unpredictable! I've weighed up all my options. Leaving the Bay is the best thing.

Kyle Braxton, you are charged
with the kidnapping and assault of Casey Braxton. You better fix this.

Alright, so what happens now?
We sit tight. And then what? Well, we'll wait and see
if Kyle makes bail.

Case, we always knew
this was on the cards. Yeah, I know, I just...I wish we could have one night where
we didn't have to deal with this. You and me both. (KNOCK AT DOOR)

Hey.
Hey.

Thanks for coming back.
How's the city? Busy. Just got back in. I thought you got acquitted.
Why aren't you out celebrating? We were. Kyle's been arrested. We need to bail him out.

Sure you really want to do that? It's what we said we'd do. What about you? Hmm. We got choices here. (SIGHS) Let's talk about this outside, eh?

You got an opportunity here, Brax. You gotta think about
how you're gonna play it. Are you suggesting we ditch him?

Kyle is your last link to Danny. If he goes to jail,
your problems are solved. I can't. I gave him my word.
If he helped Case, I'd help him. This is the same guy
that was gonna kill Casey... (SIGHS) ..and you, if he got half a chance. You don't owe him anything! And I'm sure you can see
from a business perspective that it would be
a lot simpler and cheaper to let justice take its course. Wait, hang on - why are we
even having this conversation?

Are you short of money? (CHUCKLES)

Money's not the problem.

You bail out Kyle, you've got
another brother to look after.

Well, that's just life, isn't it?
Doesn't have to be.

Stop living your life for everyone
else. Do something for yourself.

I can't. This bloke is blood and I promised
he wouldn't get cut loose... ..and I'm a man of my word.

Aren't you?

You know I am. Good. Then we're bailing him out.

Hi.
Hi. Is Leah in? Ah, no, I'm sorry, she's not. Ah, OK. Try her at home. No, she's not there either. Well, where is she?
Well, that's just the thing. One minute she was here and
the next minute she was gone.

What are you talking about? Well, apparently she's gone away. She's gone on a holiday
or something. Can I get the bill, thanks, Marilyn? Hey, do you know
where VJ and his mum are? No. I just got back from the city.
I didn't even know they were gone. Oh, sorry. John Palmer. Ah, Jamie. Jamie Sharpe. My wife, Gina. Hello. You're a friend of Leah's?