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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. MELISSA DOYLE: An electrical fire
in a Gold Coast nightclub forces mass evacuations
and closes down Surfers Paradise. Accused killer Gerard Baden-Clay
makes a bid for bail. His word against mine,
make your mind up. I think it's a bit hypocritical
of her to now come out and try and smear me.

The PM and her accuser trade blows
over the union slush fund scandal. Also, why thousands of people
are preparing for the apocalypse. # One day more...# Cosette?

# Another day, another destiny. # Mademoiselle?

Hugh Jackman's performance
in 'Les Miserables' sparks Academy Award speculation. (SONG) # Reach out for the sunrise Right across Australia,
this is Sunrise on Seven. From Brekky Central,
Kochie and Mel. Good morning.

'Les Mis' has received
standing ovations in some cinemas so it's no surprise
there's talk of an Oscar for Hugh.

Can't wait. When did you say it is out?I think the premier is the twenty-first of December. How do you pronounce it? Does anyone know? There is no Blet, 'Les Miserables'. I thought you ended it with the Blll.Miserables...

by slugging neighbours who want
to hold end-of-year street parties.

Humbug! Let's name and shame.Fair shake of the sauce bottle on that one.Next, they'll be fining you for dumping your bottles in someone else's recycling.Let's hope

Good morning. An emergency situation has been
declared in Surfers Paradise after an electrical fire
inside a high-rise apartment block.

Fire alarms were activated
just after midnight, forcing the evacuation
of several surrounding buildings. Thick smoke blanketed
the busy night club district, packed with crowds
of celebrating schoolies. Nearby residents are being urged
to close their windows and doors and the public is being asked
to keep clear of the area. There are no reports
of any serious injuries. Accused wife-killer
Gerard Baden-Clay after making a fresh bid for bail. His lawyer claims

they have two new broad grounds
for the renewed application, saying the evidence brief
against him doesn't support some of the claims
made by the prosecution. Baden-Clay was refused bail in June when he was charged
with his wife's murder after a judge ruled
he was a flight risk. The new bail hearing
is set for December 14. DNA evidence is expected
to be today's focus in the committal hearing for the man
accused of Daniel Morcombe's murder. The 2-week hearing will continue
in a Brisbane Court this morning. Bruce and Denise Morcombe know
the next fortnight won't be easy. Just a bit tired and anxious. They're preparing to spend
a second day in a Brisbane court listening to what allegedly happened
to their beloved son Daniel. We know we're not in our
comfort zone, for sure. But, um...this is something
we want to do and something we feel we have to do
so we'll get on with it. Yesterday, they sat in court with the man accused
of killing their son. Brett Peter Cowan
is charged with murder, deprivation of liberty,
child stealing, indecent treatment
of a child under 16 and interfering with a corpse. The first witness to give evidence
was Inspector Arthur van Panhuis who oversaw the search
for Daniel's remains in Beerwah. It was there that they found
two shoes, a bone and underwear. And for the first time,
photos were tendered in court. Clearly some of those photos, um, capture images that were
disturbing to family members. And, you know, are difficult...
for us to cope with. DNA evidence is expected
to be the focus today. More than 50 witnesses may be called and more than 470 witness statements
are expected to be tendered as the hearing continues.

The man at the centre
of the AWU slush fund scandal says personal attacks against him
are a government tactic to hose down the issue. It follows the Prime Minister's
stinging rebuke yesterday in which she called former union
official Ralph Blewitt a liar and a crook.

I think it's a bit hypocritical
of her to know come out
and try to smear me, to detract people
from the main event here. He's repeatedly accused
Julia Gillard of helping establish
a union slush fund 20 years ago. Police are investigating claims six teenage surf lifesavers
were involved in an assault during a surf carnival
earlier this month. Six members of the under-20s team have been suspended
over the allegations, which also include drug use. The incident took place during
the World Life Saving championships in Adelaide. Three members of an overseas team
are also being investigated. Two men are recovering in hospital after crashing their car
into a Sydney home overnight. Police tried to pull the driver over
for a random breath test, but he sped off. The car then crossed four lanes
of traffic before crashing into the house. A family of five was home
at the time, but no-one was hurt. The driver fled the scene but later took himself
to St George Hospital where he's undergoing surgery
for a fractured knee. And later this Sunrise - are you ever distracted
while you're driving? Find out the top five things
that take our eyes off the road and some tips for staying safe. But first, here's Kochie.

Look forward to that, Nat. Let's take a look at markets. Wall Street has kicked off the week in the negative after a booming week last week. The reason is US

are talking about how to avoid the fiscal cliff while fiscal cliff while European Finance Ministers are having their third meeting in two weeks to discuss passing on more bailout money to Greece. Also, Canada's Reserve Bank governor, Mark Kearney has been chosen as the new governor of the Bank of England.

Petrol prices have risen
across the country but it seems metropolitan areas
are worst affected. Craig James is at CommSec.
Morning.

You warned us last week to fill up, take advantage of the low prices. Prices have risen as you predicted. How come it is different for different capital cities?Well, Kochie, it doesn't make a lot of sense and it is hard to work out. The metropolitan price was up last week by 4 cents a litre. The regional price was unchanged. We had huge variation, Melbourne and Sydney up by 7 cents in one week, Adelaide down by 7 cents a litre in a week. It is down to the vagaries of the cycles. It doesn't make sense, we get our oil from the one place. The wholesale is the same, but the vagaries at the retail level. The question is whether we are being well served by this system. Also, the question is whether they are disguising some trends beneath the service. The whole sale difference is 11 cents a litre, one of the highest on record. Perhaps the vagaries are hiding increases in margin by the petrol groups.Can I translate 'Vagaries' into 'Price gouging' by the oil groups? Would it sum it up?For does seem to be that happening by the oil companies, particularly Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide where the price cycle is worst.Ye, you're a diplomat.I think we got the message anyway.

After more than a year in exile Mitchell Johnson has the chance
to revive his test career. He's part of a 14-man
Australian squad for this week's series decider
against South Africa in Perth. Fellow pacemen Josh Hazlewood
and John Hastings have also been selected. Ricky Ponting's lean trot thus far hasn't dampened the optimism
of skipper Michael Clarke. I see him scoring a triple hundred
in Perth in the first innings, that's how I see it. Rob Quiney has been axed after managing just nine runs
in three test innings. Wallabies playmaker Quade Cooper
says his contract stalemate
with the ARU has left him with no option
to continue his rugby career. For the moment,
he's focussed on boxing, fighting on the same card
as good mate Sonny Bill Williams in February.

Williams has offered to fund
a switch to the NRL for Cooper by giving him half of the salary
he's getting from the Roosters. Beaten AFL grand finalists Hawthorn
have begun pre-season training, insisting they're not going to dwell
on their loss to the Swans in the decider. Former Carlton coach Brett Ratten
is one of the new faces at training. He's now an assistant
with the Hawks.

Boy, that adds some fire power too. Great time of the year, footy training getting under way around the world.Barely break! Hooly-dooly. Grant, where are you? Morning team, Torquay is where we are. The Great Ocean Road is our big discovery this week. 80 years it was yesterday. But to see it from the ground spectacular. To see it from the air? Breath taking. The tiger moth. Welcome to Tiger-moth world, didn't we have something special today until the storms blew in last night. Lightening outside, a big trough line from Adelaide blowing in the south eastern states. Unfortunately, thunder and lightening are plenty. Which means all the testing we did to broadcast live up in a TigerMoth, flying between the 12 Appallles doing the loop-de-loop, nothing can eventuate until it blows away. Let's look at the forecast.

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Yes, serious big boy stunts. There you go. Good, here comes the hail as well. Wait for the thunder... One, two, three.(thunder claps) two, three.(thunder claps).Is that real thunder or is that sound effects.No, that's real thunder. That second one was real thunder from us. Although the Tigermoth is made of timber, there is a bit of metal in it. So we'll stay in the shed.Wise move. Best laid plans.

Coming up -the police plan
to tip-off booze buses by recording numberplates
of cars parked at pubs. Plus, making mental health
a priority. The first national report card
released today. Find out the key recommendations. But next - he said, she said - the man at the centre
of the union slush-fund scandal hits back at the Prime Minister.

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The union scandal embroiling the
Prime Minister is not going away, despite yesterday's furious denial
of any wrongdoing. The former union official at
the centre of the slush-fund claim is now calling for legal papers
to be made public. Denee Savoia has the story.

He's been labelled a sexist pig,
a crook and a stooge...

His sister has said he's a crook
and rotten to the core. His word against mine,
make your mind up. ..but now former AWU official and self-styled whistleblower
Ralph Blewitt says in fact he's the victim
of a smear campaign. I think
it's a bit hypocritical of her to now come out
and try and smear me, to detract people
from the main event here. The main event is the question
of Julia Gillard's involvement in a union slush fund, which she addressed again yesterday. I did nothing wrong. I did not set up a fund. I did not set up a bank account. I do not remember $5,000
being put in my bank account. I have been defamed
on a number of occasions. But on the ABC last night,
Mr Blewitt refused to give up. We provided the Victoria Police
with a complete dossier of files which show documents
that certainly connect Julia Gillard to having a hand

in the establishment of the AWU
Workplace Reform Association.

Ms Gillard says
the extent of her involvement was giving legal advice on registering
the union reform association for her former boyfriend,
Bruce Wilson, and Mr Blewitt. Mr Wilson has already said Ms Gillard knew absolutely,
categorically nothing about the affair. Well, let him support that
by releasing... ..by releasing the lawyers

that may have files
with his and my name on them from client privilege. The Coalition has vowed to continue
interrogating the Prime Minister in this final week of Parliament. All they've got left is filth
and smear and sleaze. The story dominates
today's front pages and we'll have analysis,
live from Canberra after 7:00.

I think we're all feeling a little the same on this story.Yeah. Who cares?Well, just:I've lost track of it, anyhow. Mark Riley is going to sort it out and tell us whether we should be taking notice of it.Or whether they should put up or shut up.Yep.

Still ahead on Sunrise - Gerard Baden-Clay, the Queensland
man accused of killing his wife, Plus, the top five
driver distractions. What you can do to make sure
your eyes stay on the road. And what a catch -

a football dropped from a plane,
caught without a hitch.

Also making news - the next step
in the fight against drink driving. Also making news - the next step
in the fight against drink-driving. 'The Herald Sun' reports Melbourne police plan to scan
numberplates in hotel car parks then let booze buses know
the drink drivers are on the way. The scanning technology
is already used in New South Wales to catch unregistered cars. But Victoria Police want to use it to record plates on vehicles
parked at licensed premises after a horror month
on the state's roads. So is radical action needed?

I think that's the bit you underline, a horror month on the roads. When it addresses the problem, if it does the right thing, it is probably the way to go.I don't have any problem with it.I don't know.If you haven't got a problem?No.How far do you go? It is like entrapment. It is like, with the huge security around because of terrorists. You know, is it just an excuse? For big brother to monster every single thing that we -- monitor every single thing we do. You can't argue You can't argue against wanting to cut the road toll but come on, there is a line.Park at the exit.They do that. Does it work?Drink-driving is like speeding. I like speeding. I don't care if you take a risk yourself. If you want to walk on a ledge or whatever you want to do but when you drink-drive or speed, you have got the potential to kill someone else. That's when I get upset. It is one thing to risk your life.I reckon we should scan the plates of every car and see people who take sickies. It will be costing the economy billions. There is always an excuse.What is the excuse between that and being at the road at the end of the pub and catching everyone. That is the same. Is that entrapment? No-one has problems with that.Digitizing the whole thing, going on data going on data bases, 1984.If you take your car on the road, Gonski! Exactly.Moving on. Big brother. Controversy.

Also making news - the councils
playing Scrooge at Christmas. 'The Herald Sun' reports red tape
is tying up festive street parties. Neighbours across Melbourne planning
an end-of-year get-together are being hit with application fees,
paperwork and insurance bills, costing more than $300. The paper claims Glen Eira Council
and Whitehorse Council charge $79 and $100
to close the road. Maribyrnong Council asks
for a security deposit of $150. And Bayside wants
public liability insurance. We'll get more on this next hour, but tell us what happens
in your area.

I think that's fair enough.You do not!(Hoooh) not!(Hoooh)!I think they should have a drone going over Melbourne... That's entrapment.Taking photographs of everyone with a street party.Your you're gone.You can drink at the street party.Why not? It is in your street, you can walk home. Perfect.Ridiculous.It is different.It is like making kids pay to use the local park. Seriously, pay to use the local park. Serious don't we pay for parks and streets with rates? We've finished. News, sport and weather. Its is coming up next. I just hate stupid things.

plus your new Cash Cow code word. Plus, schoolies emergency - an electrical fire in a Gold Coast
nightclub forces mass evacuations and closes down Surfers Paradise. And, 'No Satisfaction'
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News time now, with Nat.

Crowds of schoolies were among those evacuated from
a busy Gold Coast street after an emergency situation
was declared overnight. Authorities were called to an
electrical fire in Surfers Paradise just after midnight and immediately evacuated several
nightclubs and nearby buildings. We've evacuated everyone
in the premises, which was in the vicinity of 1,500 and then we've continued
the evacuations down just to ensure their safety. The fire was caused
by a faulty circuit breaker. Police say the area will remain
closed for several hours, until it's determined safe. Bruce and Denise Morcombe
will return to court today as a committal hearing against the man accused
of murdering their son Daniel resumes in Brisbane. Yesterday they viewed photographs
of the crime scene where his remains were found. Clearly some of those photos, um, capture images that were
disturbing to family members. And, you know, are difficult...
for us to cope with. Brett Peter Cowan
was arrested last August. He's charged with murder,
child stealing, indecent treatment of a child
and interfering with a corpse. The man at the centre
of the AWU's slush-fund scandal is refusing to drop the issue, despite the Prime Minister's angry
denial yesterday of any wrong doing. Former union official Ralph Blewitt has called on Ms Gillard's
former boyfriend Bruce Wilson to release legal documents
if he wants to clear the PM's name. Well, let him support that
by releasing...

..by releasing the lawyers
that may have files with his and my name on it
from client privilege. Yesterday the PM called Mr Blewitt
a liar and a crook. Never-before-seen video
of Anders Breivik - moments before he bombed
a Norwegian government building has been released to the public. The chilling CCTV images show Breivik wearing
a security guard's uniform and parking his white van
outside the building in Oslo. The security cameras show
the impact of the explosion as it rips through buildings
and shatters glass. The Melbourne community where murdered woman Sarah Cafferkey
grew up is planning a march this Sunday to protest
against violence towards women. The bubbly 22-year-old
was laid to rest yesterday in an emotional service. More than 1,000 mourners
packed the church and spilled out onto the street. Many wore pink, Sarah's favourite
colour, as they paid their respects.

Finance news now and the Dow is firmly down. Starting the weak around 70

That's because European Finance Ministers are still meeting, third meeting in two weeks, to see if they'll release some bailout money to Greece. Also, US politicians are meeting to see if they can avoid the fiscal cliff, which is due on the first of January. To our region, a pretty slow day.

Time for sport.

A gruelling workload has left
Peter Siddle in doubt for this week's deciding test
against South Africa in Perth. Siddle pushed himself
to the brink of exhaustion as the Aussies chased victory
in Adelaide He's no doubt fatigued. He's bowled his heart out,
that's for sure, but he's got three days
to recover.

Mitchell Johnson has been named
in a 14-man Australian squad along with fellow pacemen
Josh Hazlewood and John Hastings. Parramatta's bid to recruit
Israel Folau is still being plagued
by salary cap issues. The Eels have asked the ARL
Commission to bend the cap rules to accommodate Folau's signing. But that appears unlikely
with interim NRL boss Shane Mattiske insisting it's important to maintain
the integrity of the salary cap. There are reports
South Sydney's set to enter the race for Folau's signature.

V8 Supercar rivals Holden and Ford will have the race track to
themselves for the final time at this weekend's Sydney 500. with Nissan and Mercedes-Benz
joining the championship. Lee Holdsworth is making the switch
from Ford to Mercedes-Benz at the end of the Sydney event.

Now, Geelong and the surf coast and inGreat Ocean Road is a fantastic place to visit any time but if you go past Geelong and turn left, you can go to Tiger Moth World, you can go to Bells scan beach.How do you know it so much?It know it so much?It is my neck of the world.Google map.Good directions?Yes, spot on. Going to turn my sat nav off. You forgot to tell us it rains down here every now and then. Absolutely spewing! You can see so much. We had set up to go up in a Tiger Moth and see the great locations your are talking about until the thunderstorms role in. Still no sign of them disappearing. Which is such a shame. I wanted to go up in a Tiger Moth. I don't know if you can up, a great birthday present and you see people fly over Bells Beach and all those locations. Of the '30s, before they upgraded to a Spit a Spitfire it played a pivotal role in the sky, its history when it went into combat wasn't so great, considering it is just fabric. Being shot at wasn't so great.I don't think it is Teflon.No, nothing high-tech, it is pretty tissue paper and tooth picks but boy, can she fly! Let's look at the weather as we wait for the storms to pass.

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What a bird of the sky. Amazing business too, Kochie. It is run by a 21-year-old. I certainly wasn't expecting to see the pilot 21 years of age. He focused on the business, now he runs it himself.Look forward to that. Beretts' parents live about a kay down the road. He is batching at the moment, they are up helping him because Rach is away, can you collect the mail.It is bin night:I was going to get you to water the lawn but don't need it now.21? Do you need P-plates, like for the car?

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Quite sort of muggy out here.

to help catch drink-drivers. The 'Herald Sun' says
under the proposal, mobile scanning equipment would record the numberplates
of every car in a hotel car park. The data would then be passed on to
booze buses which could then target
those who've been at the pub. The proposal comes after
a horror month on Victoria's roads. Road safety advocate
Russell White joins me now. Russell, do you think
such a targeted approach will reduce drink-driving?

Well, lookx it is certainly worth -- look, it is certainly worth a try. When you look at any enforcement measure you have got to make 2 evident to people the risk of getting caught is high. Most people think about the legal side of things than the risk of a crash. If you are doing nothing wrong, it is a great reminder. As we see more of this technology come on board, I think it is going to be become more par for the course, quite frankly.It Seems big brother but if they are going to help?If it is going to keep help?If it is going to keep people safe on the roads and prevent people from driving over the legal alcohol limit, it is a good thing.Police are also fed up with seeing distracted drivers on the list. The top five things is mobile phones, changing CDs, reading newspapers and even books, eating is four and getting dressed and applying make-up. Seriously! How dangerous are these types of behaviours?Well, look, any sort of distraction is going to be a problem. Quite frankly, even driving to the studio this morning I saw a few examples of that sort of thing happening. It is something we have become very complacent with, driving. Because we did it yesterday and we do it every singling day, there is no risk involved but the reality is the most dangerous thing people will do as part of their day. Any little distractions, as trivial as they may seem, could delay reaction time by several seconds in some cases. We have got to add not only mobile phones but kids in the car, as parents is an issue.What is your advice? Who in all honesty, this advice? Who in all honesty, thinks driving a vehicle at 60km/h plus and reading a book is a great idea. What do you tell people? Your advice?It is one of the big things. People become so complacent with driving. Unfortunately, most people don't think it is as dangerous as it potentially is.Are cars too comfy? A travelling office? Got the music, technology, got gear on the back seat?Possibly, Mel. When you are looking at driving, the cars do often becomes extensions of ourselves. They literally become these cocoons we drive around in. Because of their comfort sometimes, people get that little bit complacent. But if you are behind the wheel and driving, you are the captain of the ship and responsible for what happens. You need to give it as much attention as what requires and that means 100 pest all the time.Someone once explained it to me, you are driving a lethal weapon, always need to remember that. Thank you.All the best. Thank you.Here is Nat.

The Mental Health Commission's
first national report card is calling for sweeping changes
to the system. Key recommendations include investing in healthy families, boosting participation
in the workforce and tackling homelessness. The commission was formed
earlier this year to improve services and support for
people experiencing mental illness.

The commission's chairman,
Professor Allan Fels, joins me now. As far as report cards go,
how bad was this one?

Well, Australia's strong on policy pronouncements, very weak on delivery. It is one of the real weak points of the health system. But actually, it is wider than that. We emphasise the issues of accommodation, employment, the physical health of the mentally ill. For example, people with severe mental illness, die, on average, 25 years younger than the rest of us. Yes, it is so serious. Reading through this, over half of the people who suicided in the last nine or ten years had some kind of mental health or behavioural disorder. That is a worrying trends?Yes, that's a shocking statistic. And indeed, the problems of mental health not being well treated in our policy system leads to impacts on suicides, on imprisonment, homelessness, employment discrimination and so on. I suppose you feel now days, we talk I suppose you feel now days, we about it a lot more, a lot of us know someone with some kind of mental illness but only 20% of people with a meant 8 illness living in any city today is has a man to live it it. Are you surprised?Not totally. It is a fact there is a lack of services. It is worse in rural and remote Australia. The lack of services is disturbing. In some ways, a few things are getting better. There is a long, long way to go. The Government needs to give it much higher continuing priority.OK, they setup your commission, it sat for a year and it will be unending. What are the chances of us getting some of some What are the chances of us getting some of this addressed? It the Government acting and putting in funds?The Prime Minister has put it in her portfolio, not just health. It shows it is important. It puts it in front of the premiers and chief ministers. If they give it priority, things will happen. If they take it off the Australian Government agenda, it is a bad sign of a lack of interest. At the moment, it is on the agenda in front of all the leaders.OK, let's hope so. Thank you, here is Kochie.

Aussies are paying up to 50% more
than Americans when they shop online. That's despite our dollar being
worth more the US currency. Consumer group Choice says
the biggest price differences are for music, clothing and games
bought over the internet. It's calling on the Government to force US companies
to offer fairer deals.

Hear, hear!

Matt Levey from Choice
joins us now. Matt, let's have a look
at what we're paying too much for. We're paying 34% more for software and as much at 88% extra
for games for a Wii. Who are some of the worst culprits?

It is extraordinary!Exactly right. Heading into Christmas a lot of people will look at the prices, thinking about buying a computer game for the kids or buying music on line. Last week, AC/DC came on to iTunes, they one one of the bands who weren't there, unfortunately for Aussie consumers, 50% more. $ Aussie consumers, 50% more. $229 in Australia, go to Australia, go to to the US iTunes store, $ store, $100.Big profits out of Australia and pay virtually no tax. Precisely right. There is a big debate how much tax the companies pay. In a lot of the cases it is the same product. You go on to an iTune store, you just click the local button it is not like there is a shop front or trucks driving around. Let's reverse it? How can we rip them off?We are not talking about piracy or stealing, piracy or stealing,b e we are talking about legitinate waiz.You feel like steeling and open slather. It is possible to set up a US iTunes account. Another way is setting up a US post box. If you are dealing with a company that doesn't ship directly to Australia, there are services out there, your middle man, a warehouse address, they ship the stuff for a cost, it still ends up being cheaper. One of the things people are using are things called VPNs, it is called a virtual private network but it is a way of masking your computer's location because that is the location the international systems use to whack you with the higher dollars.Is that why when I was travelling on recent holidays, I was trying to get into iTunes to get a book and it said it couldn't read it?It reads your IP address. We have got tips on how to get around it. They are legitimate, not steeling or piracy but giving Australians the same access to the same goods.We deserve that, they same goods.We deserve that, they talk us about being a global village. OK, good tips, thank you. There you go, Mel.Great tips.I know. It is fabulous. They are big margins. That is a rip off.We kind of get we are a long way away. But we are not that far anymore.Not when you are downloading software, it doesn't come by ship.Thank you, coming up this morning, the councils playing scrouge this crist Christmas. We are going to name and shame.

Plus, schoolies emergency - an electrical fire in
a Gold Coast nightclub forces hundreds of teenagers onto
the streets of Surfers Paradise. And 'No Satisfaction'
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Showbiz editor Nelson Aspen
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Orange is the colour of the day.

The Rolling Stones
have hit the stage for their 50th anniversary tour?

They showed us how to really sing. Due respect.No kidding. The fist of their 50 shows and counting. They rocked the house for tens of thousands of fans at the O2 Arena. Take a look. # I want to be your lover, baby # I want to be your man. # I want to be your man # I want to be your # I want to be # I want to # You feel so good # Yes, you drive me out of my head # I say # Hey #Good to know Mick can still fit into his skinny jeans. They have one more show in London this more show in London more show in London this week and then come to New York and New Jersey for the final three. Tickets are outrageously expensive. Sfrbl hundreds of dollars but the scalped tickets are estimated to be going into the six figures.He must be so amazingly fit.They are all in their hraets 60s, early 70s. Well, does he tell is pickled.(laughs) tell is pickled.(laughs). Formaldehyde is sort of...Running thou his veins.

And the reviews are out
for Lindsay Lohan's new movie. What are the critics saying?

Speaking of pickled, the 'Liz and Dick' ratings haven't come in yet. They are saying Lindsay Lohan is woeful from start to finish. She should have shed her protective shell and made an effort to understand a psyche not her own. The personal attacks on Twitter were just as harsh. My favourite said, " just as harsh. My favourite said, "Snooky is going to play Audrey Hepburn next'.Thank you, Nelson for that.

This is Sunrise.
These are the top stories... An electrical fire
in a Gold Coast nightclub forces mass evacuations
and closes down Surfers Paradise. Accused killer Gerard Baden-Clay
makes a bid for bail. His word against mine,
make your mind up. I think it's a bit hypocritical
of her to now come out
and try and smear me. The PM and her accuser trade blows
over the union slush fund scandal. Also, why thousands of people
are preparing for the apocalypse.

Cosette? # Another day, another destiny. # Mademoiselle?

Hugh Jackman's performance
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this is Sunrise on Seven. From Brekky Central,
Kochie and Mel.

Hugh Jackman can do anything. Just putting that out there. Good to have your company today.

Also coming up -
the councils stealing Christmas by slugging neighbours who want
to hold end-of-year street parties.

They've got to get the proper insurances and licences, don't they, Melissa. It is Christmas. Now continue wg the news.Thanks, Grinch.

The nightclub district in Surfers
Paradise remains closed this morning after authorities declared
an emergency situation overnight. An electrical fire caused
by a faulty break circuit set off fire alarms
just after midnight. Hundreds of people were evacuated,
many of them celebrating schoolies. So at the moment,
it's all been secured off. Under the PSPA
we've evoked an emergency situation and until it's safe we won't be able to have anyone else
return to the area. Nearby residents are being urged
to close their windows and doors. And shortly in Sunrise, we'll
get a report from Surfers Paradise. The committal hearing for the man
accused of murdering Daniel Morcombe resumes in Brisbane this morning. Sunrise correspondent
Michael Scanlan joins me now. Hello, Michael.
What evidence has been heard so far?

Good morning, Nat. Yesterday there was a really strong focus on the search area where Daniel Morcombe's remains were found. Now, there was a senior police officer from the Sunshine Coast who told the committal hearing yesterday that there were, of the conditions that search crews faced while they were at the Beerwah site last year. It took police and SES crews 5 days to make their first breakthrough when they found one of Daniel's shoes. Three days later they found a second shoe, a human bone and a pair of underpants. Photos were also tendered to the court, which is the first time they had been shown publicly. During the lunch break, Bruce had a talk with us and told us how difficult it was for his family to see. There was some suggestion yesterday the Morcombe family might not be able to stay in the court as they could be called as witnesses at an upcoming trial, there was no appation from the magistrates, the defence or the DPP so the Morcombes will be able to stay in the court. And now to another case, accused wife-killer Gerard Baden-Clay made a fresh bail application?His lawyers launched the papers in the Brisbane Supreme Court yesterday. If successful, he could be released from custody in time for Christmas. The 41-year-old real estate agent has been in custody since being charged with his wife's murder on June 13. It June 13. It is second time he made a bid for freedom. The first in June but it was refused on the basis he was a flight risk given the lengthy sentence he faced if convicted of his wife's murder. This second application will be heard on December 14.Thank you for inupdate. -- for the update.

The union scandal embroiling the
Prime Minister is not going away, despite yesterday's furious denial
of any wrongdoing. The former union official at the
centre of the slush-fund claim is now calling for legal papers
to be made public. He's been labelled a sexist pig,
an idiot and a stooge... ..but now former AWU official and self-styled whistleblower
Ralph Blewitt says in fact he's the victim
of a smear campaign. I think
it's a bit hypocritical of her to now come out
and try and smear me, to detract people
from the main event here.

The main event is the question
of Julia Gillard's involvement in a union slush fund, which she addressed again yesterday. I did nothing wrong. I did not set up a fund. I did not set up a bank account. But on the ABC last night,
Mr Blewitt refused to give up. We provided the Victoria Police
with a complete dossier of files which show documents
that certainly connect Julia Gillard to having a hand in the establishment of the AWU
Workplace Reform Association. Ms Gillard says
the extent of her involvement was giving legal advice on registering
the union reform association for her former boyfriend,
Bruce Wilson, and Mr Blewitt. Mr Wilson has already said Ms Gillard knew absolutely,
categorically, nothing about the affair. Well, let him support that
by releasing... ..by releasing the lawyers from client privilege. The Coalition has vowed to continue
interrogating the Prime Minister in this final week of Parliament. All they've got left
is filth and smear and sleaze. Six members of the Australian
under-20 Surf Life Saving team have reportedly been suspended over allegations of drug use
and assaults at a recent tournament. Edwina Bartholomew has more. Hi, Eddie.
Police have been called in?

Yes, that's right, Nat. Police are investigating as well as antidoping officials. This was at the Rescue 2012 life saving championships attended by more than 40 countries, 3, 9500 competitors, held in Adelaide earlier this month. The allegations relate to use of illicit drugs and also assault during competition. Six mbs of our -- members of our under20 surf team are under investigation, as well as three members of an overseas team. No word which country they are from or the club the Australians are from. As well, there is from. As well, there from. As well, there full judishry of Surf Lifesaving Australia made up of prominent lawyers from Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales.Thank you, Edwina.

And coming up - the gridiron player
in line for a classic catch. He caught a football dropped
from a plane. But is it real? Now here's Kochie.

Oh, nat! You sceptic.We are going to talk about it with someone who may know.The Dow is starting the week may know.The Dow is starting the week down after a good week last

Why? Because American politicians are talking about how to get their budget in balance. European finish ministers still disketteing whether they are going to release more money to bail-out Greece. Also, Mark Kearney, the boss of the Reserve Bank of cand duhas been appointed as the boss of the Bank of England.

We haven't caught up with Australia's vurz of Apple, Telstra. Follow me, Mick. Down a bit yesterday, trading, up 46 pest for the year. Go down a bit, the year. Go down a extraordinary.

. It has over taken Apple in performance over the last six months, Telstra shares up 20 per cent. Why is it so attractive?

Come down below, please. Look at the amount of cash this telecommunications company throws off. $ off. $8 billion in cash. That's free cash, every year. That is pretty extraordinary. That is why they pay such big

, how is that for a chort or two? Impressive. Thank you, Kochie.

After more than a year in exile, Mitchell Johnson has the chance
to revive his test career. he's part
of a 14-man Australian squad for this week's series decider
against South Africa in Perth. Fellow pacemen Josh Hazlewood
and John Hastings Ricky Ponting's lean trot thus far hasn't dampened the optimism
of skipper Michael Clarke. I see him scoring a triple hundred
in Perth in the first innings. Um, that's how I see it. Rob Quiney has been axed after managing just nine runs
in three test innings. Wallabies playmaker Quade Cooper
says his contract stalemate with the ARU has left him with no option
to continue his rugby career. For the moment,
he's focussed on boxing, fighting on the same card
as good mate Sonny Bill Williams in February. Williams has offered to fund
a switch to the NRL for Cooper by giving him half of the salary
he's getting from the Roosters. Beaten AFL grand finalists Hawthorn
have begun pre-season training, insisting they're not going to dwell
on their loss to the Swans in the decider. Former Carlton coach Brett Ratten
is one of the new faces at training. He's now an assistant
with the Hawks.

Yep, pre-season training is well and truly under way. Good morning to all the players getting back into it. Too right.Love this time of year. Yep, 5:30 starts in the morning, when you're dedicated, some teams. Now to Grant with today's weather. Good morning, we had big things lined up, broadcasting live with loop-de-loop with the tourist areas on in loop-de-loop with the tourist areas on the tourist area, Torquay way. But when we turned up, really surprised to find the person taking us up in a Tiger Moth is 21. This is James Walsh. He is so cute too, even drawn on a moustache. Which is cute. Good on you, mate. Seriously, Kochie loves businesses. Tell us about this. Your folks run this originally?Yes, Dad started the place about 22 years ago now. I pretty much grew up on the hangar floor, I have been in it my whole life, it is how I got into it. It is amazing for me. Shoo you fly and run this every single day. What makes the Tiger Moth the perfect thing pr a tourist flight like this? Well, it is so different to flying in jets and things like that these days. It is a bit of fun, great to get out in the open, wind through the wires and that sort of stuff. It is great to fly something with the history the Moth has got.You employ other young blokes? You think it would be enthusiasts, 65-year-old blokes doing this?Yes, a couple of doing this?Yes, a couple twouchb-year-old guys, Max and Jay, the young guys have the the young guys have the tlaoum to fly with us.Why is that?Well, just friends... fly with us.Why is that?Well, just friends....A bits more hands on. Yes.Great, let's look at the forecast around Australia.

at Beacon Lighting. Every single fan is reduced
so hurry in. Sale on now.

Look at the communication device between the person in the front and the back. Keeping it as raw and real and original as possible as they were, a war-bird trainer, well, basically, the British air force was training them to fly Spitfires. We ain't going to get up just yet. Thunderstorm activity and rain arounds. See you in half an hour. Thank you, see you in half an hour.

Interstate schoolies celebrating
on the Gold Coast are among people evacuated overnight after an emergency
in the nightclub precinct. Smoke from an electrical fire
in a high-rise building prompted police and fire crews
to cordon off the area. Sunrise correspondent
Michelle Tapper joins us. Michelle, how many people
were evacuated?

Good morning, Kochie. Well it was scenes of chaos here just a short time ago. Almost 2,000 people were evacuated from four of the biggest nightclubs on the Gold Coast. Residents in nearby apartment building as well as above the building as well as above the nightclub were also evacuateed and herded down to the street here. The area was skaounled with -- consumed with thick, toxic smoke. Fortunately, the police station is only 50 metres away from the nightclub where the fire started. They were able to respond very quickly. Within four and a half minutes they had herded the people out on to the street. Fortunately, there have been no major injuries. Any indication when things will be back to normal?Well, the emergency situation was declared almost six hours ago. I just talked with the head police officer on the scene. He said he has no idea how long this will last. You can still smell the toxic fumes around, and also extensive damage to the nightclub which is just behind me, as well as the apartment building above. Of course, everybody has lost power because a switchboard short-circuited in the nightclub and it quickly spread. Resident won't be allowed back here before the end of the day. There are dozens of workers here. They want to get inside and assess the damage and see how bad things are. But it looks like the streets surrounding caval Ave. -- Cavill Avenue will be blocked off for hours. Thank you.

Julia Gillard has come out firing as she again denied involvement
in the AWU slush fund scandal. The Prime Minister called
a special news conference to put an end to the rumours dating back to her time
as a lawyer at Slater & Gordon. Mr Abbott has led the Liberals
to where they've got nowhere else to go except sleaze and smear. Australians are sick of it. I did not set up a fund. I did not set up a bank account. Any such claim about me
is a defamatory claim. But the allegations
against Ms Gillard are showing no sign of going away
anytime soon. Seven's political editor,
Mark Riley, joins us. Mark, why aren't Ms Gillard's
denials putting this matter to rest?

I dare say he is right, Australians are getting sick of this.Good morning, Mel. Well, I think in the large, Julia Gillard's done a pretty good job of knocking back anything that comes close to being an accusation about her involvement in the establishment of this workplace association. She says that her accuseers have made no accusation. Well, the opposition attack has boiled down to one point now and that is, 20 years ago, Julia Gillard wrote a letter to the Western Australia regulatory authorities, essentially vouching for the bona fides of the union association that became a slush fund. Julie Bishop and the opposition say it was a breach and a possible criminal act. Julia breach and a possible criminal act. Julia Gillard said it is not right. The associations were constituted on grounds that were acceptable to the regulatory authorities. The way the slush fund was then used had nothing to do with her. I guess the point, is, there was something very dodgy going on here. It is obvious. The money was sucked out of the slush fund and it seems used for criminal purposes. But there is no evidence the Prime Minister was aware of it or had any involvement with it.With all this, she has taken a swipe at former AWU official, Ralph Blewitt.

Mr Blewitt, according to people
who know him, has been described as a complete
imbecile, an idiot, a stooge, a sexist pig, a liar and his sister has said
he's a crook and rotten to the core. His word against mine.

Riles, that attack hasn't silenced
Mr Blewitt, has it?

No, an interesting character assessment, isn't it? Also, interesting last night that Ralph Blewitt didn't deny any of it. Most of it is on the public record in interviews or he has put it on his Facebook page. He has said quite Delphicly he has given documents to the Victorian mese and won't say whether they -- Victoria Police and won't say whether they implicate Julia Gillard.When are we going to see it cleared up? It is almost as if it is drip-fed.It is being drip-fed.How long?(laughs) not just looking like it. You are dead right. It doesn't just look like it is drip-fed, it is being drip-fed for political purposes. We have seen it many times before with many Prime Ministers. How long will it go for? I think the interesting thing settling the nervous people in the Labor caucus is that Tony Abbott has run a million miles from this. Yesterday in the parliament he didn't want to get involved. Remember Ute-Gate and the firecrackers can blow up in your face. It is legitimate to ask questions of a prime minister what they have done in the past but if there is nothing there, the is nothing there.We will put it to Sunrise viewers, they always have a good view of things. They have a saturation point.Though those who don't like Julia Gillard will say keep going and those who do, say stop.

Now to an unholy row
that's erupted between the people
of a Christian church and a mosque. Pastor Daniel Nalliah
from the Catch the Fire Ministries is weeks away from seeing the
foundations laid of his new church in Melbourne's south-east. However, he recently discovered there are plans to build a mosque
in the same street. Now his church and local residents
are taking action. Pastor Daniel Nalliah and
Khaliq Fazal representing the mosque join us from Melbourne. Good morning. First to you, Daniel,
tell us your reasons why you are opposed to having
a mosque as your neighbour?

It is sort of, should be religious top It is sort of, should be religious tolerance, shouldn't it?That's correct. One of the problems we have is we are a country which thrives on freedom of religion and speech. Unfortunately, Islam does not recognise freedom of religion, regardless of what the representation ozf the religion speak of. The tenants of the Corin is very clear. It says Christians and Jews cannot be taken as friends for the Muslims. So we had a situation where we had a cort case from five years from 2002 to 2007 in which there were three Muslim representatives sent into our church to spy on us and then take us to court on accusation of vilification. You did lose that case. You were fined under the racial and religious tolerance act, weren't you, at the time? So the court found unfavour of those three Muslims and your charges were thrown out. Khaliq, do you think the spite the differences indousyish - despite the differences you can live together in unity? Absolutely. We have together for 162 years. We built mosques in Australia in Broken Hill, Alice Springs, in Adelaide, in Perth, in Brisbane. We have lived together. This is a multi cultural, multi-faith society. It is a peaceful society. I think Daniel, they are living in Australia, they are not living in another world.Let me ask you the question a lot of Australians would be unfortunately thinking, saying, OK, do you preach extremist views in your mosque?Not at all. Our mosque has been in Doveton for Doveton at all. Our mosque has been in Doveton for 17 year. Not one with prove we have preached extremist view of Islam. We are there to get together and to pray in my community throughout its history.Daniel, there are extremist Christians and exMuslims, all as bad as each other, the vast majority get on with each other. Why can't you?That is a good question. Let's take Europe, France, England, Germany.No, I'm not talking about that. I'm talking about you and your congregation. Because you have got form in this. Every time you have taken it on, the authorities have waged against you. Is it true that...Let me get a chance to speak also.The black Saturday bushfires did you say they were caused because of Victoria's decriminalation of abortion. Did you say that?Let me talk. Let me tell you this. The fact of the matter is that vilification laws against us was quashed by the scream court and nullified completely. It was a real failure because it had the complete opposite reaction. Multi culturalism is a failure in Australia and in Europe and we don't Europe and we don't want it to happen in Australia.Hang on? Multi Cultural? You come from Sri Lanka. That's correct, mate.We...We are, let me talk, Kochie. We are multi ethnic Australians. My country of birth is Sri Lanka. I am Australian. I come to Australia and we keep Australia, Australian. Freedom of religion is not part of Islam's teachings. Irrespective there are good Muslim people.Hang on. Did you say. Just confirm to me, did you say the black Saturday bushfires, 173 deaths, you had a prophetic dream that said it was a consequence of Victoria's decriminalisinging aborz. Did you say that?Not quite as has been described. I said we need to pray for God's protection for the bushfires not to happen in Australia so Aussies would be safe. I would never say someone should die. My hole heart is to say Australia protected and not destroyed. We love everyone. But Islam does not preach peace. And it is a dangerous to have the organisation next to us.Just one thing, Islam is the religion of peace. He is wrong there. Because Islam teaches peace and we want to be side by side with each other and be living in peaceful society. This is a multi cultural society... is a multi cultural society....As I said, there are extremes on both side which are as bad as each other, which is the annoying thing here. Thanks for your time.Thanks.

There's a new plan to step up
the fight against drink drivers. 'The Herald Sun' reports
Melbourne police are considering scanning numberplates
in hotel car parks then let booze buses know
the drink-drivers are on the way. The technology is already being used
in New South Wales to pick out unregistered cars

and expanding its use
to catch drink-drivers is already finding support. It's certainly worth a try. I think when you look at any sort
of, I guess, enforcement measure, you've really gotta make it
pretty evident to people that the risk of getting caught
is very high. Because most people think more
about that legal side of things more so than the risk
of having a crash. So I think
if you're doing nothing wrong and it's a good reminder, then I think it's probably gonna be
a great thing. I think as we see more
of this technology come onboard, I think it is gonna become more par
for the course, quite frankly. The idea has been floated after
a horror month on Victoria's roads. Now, here's Kochie.

Some councils are playing Scrooge
at Christmas. 'The Herald Sun' reports red tape is tying up plans
for festive street parties across Melbourne. Seven News correspondent
Nick McCallum joins us. Nick, what are the councils doing?

Well, Kochie, we have got a bit of a Charles Dickens' theme here. A tale of two cities. One of them, as you say, Scrooge. In the city of Glen Eira they have told the resident of Carnegie they will charge $ Carnegie they will charge $300 for a Christmas party, just down the road in Stonnington it is $ in Stonnington it is $50. There rules are different for the 31 different municipalities in Melbourne. It comes to paperwork, security, road closures but the real killer is the public liability insurance. Some councils charge between $ between $200 and $ between $200 and $300 because of the risks. The people in Glen Eira, the people of Carnegie say they wanted to lift community spirit at Christmas time and they have been shot down in flames.But not all the authorities are playing Grinch are they? As you say, it changes from council to council.Yes, honourable mentions to Melton, Darebin and, so back on the theme of Dickens, they are like the Cratcht family and we haveigate expectations of them.-- have got great expectations of them. Good to see. Thank me later. I have got a solution. I think technology now, you have those little help lamps for camping? We should have a little CCTV camera. All of us should wear a go-pro. So when we do anything wrong, we will just be fined by authorities immediately. A bit overweight. The second bowl of ice-cream, boom!In your palm?Ats the pub, boom! Fined, just in case you drink too much. It is getting out of control. Have a Christmas party. Fined, boom!You would be in trouble a lot.The sport has gone out of it.Let me show you someone who does have fun these days. Do you like the way I moved on?

And going viral this morning -
a stunt from the US. Watch Victor Cruz, a gridiron player
with the New York Giants catch a ball dropped from a plane. MEN: Oh!

From a plane! Cruz is trying to win a spot
in the NFL's all-star game.

He is trying to win a spot in the NFL's all-star game.We have tried to pick this apart and just can't find how it is a fake. Very good. Hang on. Have you, do you think the weight and the speed would kill a bloke from that high up? Do you know how when you do a how when you do a bridge climb.You can't even take your keys up there or anything.Dr Karl is coming in later on another issue. If anyone knows, it would be him.

We're calling
today's Cash Cow winner who has to answer within five rings
to claim the money. Today's lucky viewer
is from Kalgoorlie in WA.

I wonder if she is close to the big pit? Is Karen Welham there, don't worry I know it is early but everything is OK.Yes, I'll get her. Thanks.It is early.I know. You get a call like this.I would panic. Good point, you had a calm voice. Hello, Karen?She's waking up. Putting on her dressing gown.Hello. Sorry to wake you up early. It is not an emergency, it is the Sunrise crew here saying we are your $ crew here saying we are your $10,000 wake-up call!Thank you! What a way to wake up!Worth it now.It's called a happy start.Thank you! Good on you, Karen.Have a great day.I will.It is worth it. SlBet you won't go back to sleep now.

News headlines now.

The nightclub district in Surfers
Paradise remains closed this morning after an electrical fire
blanketed the area in thick smoke. Hundreds of people had
to be evacuated, many of them celebrating schoolies. Sunrise correspondent Michelle
Tapper is in Surfers Paradise. Good morning, Michelle. Where are all the evacuees now?

Good morning. Well, about 2,000 people had to be evacuated from four of the biggest nightclubs on the Gold Coast. Athe apartment building above and surrounding the nightclub precinct. A number of them have been shefltering in the piece station, which is just about -- police station, 50 metres down the road. They have just been bused away to a crisis centre which is being set up at the Southport community club. People cur covered in sheets, gathered together, sleeping on the floor of the police station overnight. The emergency situation is still happening here in Surfers. The whole area is in lock down. There are still five fire crews on the scene. Fire investigators are on the way. You can still smell, the, you know, toxic fumes in the air. It is not safe to come into the area. The nightclub and the apartment building above it has lost all power. It could be some time, not before the end of the day, when residents are able to return.Thank you.

could be home for Christmas after making a fresh bid for bail. His lawyer claims they have two new broad grounds
for the renewed application, saying the evidence brief
against him doesn't support some of the claims
made by the prosecution. Baden-Clay was refused bail in June when he was charged
with his wife's murder, after a judge ruled
he was a flight risk. The new bail hearing
is set for December 14. The man at the centre
of the AWU slush fund scandal says personal attacks against him are a government tactic
to hose down the issue. It follows the Prime Minister's
stinging rebuke yesterday, in which she called former union
official Ralph Blewitt a liar and a crook. I think it's a bit hypocritical
of her to know come out and try to smear me, to detract people
from the main event here. He's repeatedly accused
Julia Gillard of helping establish
a union slush fund 20 years ago.

Video revealing the moments before Anders Breivik bombed
buildings in the Norwegian capital has been released
for the first time. The disturbing footage shows Breivik
wearing a security guard uniform He then walks away, the security cameras recording
the impact of the explosion. Centrelink officers
are telling single mothers who are set to lose welfare payments
in January to contact charities for help. From next year, single parents
will be moved onto Newstart payments once their youngest child
turns eight. The change will save the government
$728 million over four years but it will also mean some single parents will be
more than $100 a week worse off. A gruelling workload has left
Peter Siddle in doubt Siddle pushed himself to the brink
of exhaustion as the Aussies chased victory
in Adelaide and there are fears
he may not recover in time. He's no doubt fatigued. He's bowled his heart out,
that's for sure, but he's got three days to recover. Mitchell Johnson has been named
in a 14-man Australian squad along with fellow pacemen
Josh Hazlewood and John Hastings. Rob Quiney has been dumped
for the returning Shane Watson. Parramatta's bid to recruit
Israel Folau is still being plagued
by salary cap issues. The Eels have asked the ARL
Commission to bend the cap rules to accommodate Falou's signing. But that appears unlikely with interim NRL boss Shane Mattiske
insisting it's important to maintain
the integrity of the salary cap. There are reports South Sydney's
set to enter the race for Folau's signature. V8 Supercar rivals Holden and Ford will have the race track
to themselves for the final time at this weekend's Sydney 500. The sport enters
a new era next year with Nissan and Mercedes-Benz
joining the championship. Lee Holdsworth is making the switch
from Ford to Mercedes-