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(generated from captions) Sally and Amanda have not been
in five figures this whole game. This is the opportunity
to change that once and for all. Best of luck.
What do you think's in 18? Thanks, Andrew. Um... ..I think that I have the $2. Two bucks?
I'm hoping that Sal's got $250. Well, let's go.
2 is your lucky number. So let's hope that $2
is in your case. But either way, we've done great,
so let's... OK. That's it! Be positive, positive! Alright. Come on. The power of two.
It's gonna happen. Show me the power of two!
OK. Ready? One... ..two... ..three! Ohh, couldn't do it
on this occasion. Oh, no. Luckily, you took the deal
when you did. Here's the money - $6,750. I'll take those off your hands.
Thank you. You won't need those.
Thank you. They're quite light, actually.
You don't need a porter. Amanda, sorry we couldn't
pull that off for you. That's alright! Thank you. Sal, not bad work
in the circumstances. Thank you.
A rough-and-tumble game, that one. Look forward to your company
next time in the Drome. Until then... (SPEAKS FOREIGN LANGUAGE) (APPLAUSE)

This program is captioned live. Tonight - a young student collapses as Sydney's sweltering temperatures
take their toll. The sister of a man
at the centre of a union scandal urges him to tell the truth. High-powered weapons stolen in an
extraordinary naval security breach. A wounded Aussie soldier
welcomes home the mates who saved his life. And Australia's bowlers
off to a flying start in Ricky Ponting's final test. VOICEOVER: This is Seven News
with Mark Ferguson. Good evening. Western Sydney has baked
in sweltering heat that nudged 40 degrees and caused a young girl
to collapse in a schoolyard. Tomorrow is looking even hotter, with emergency crews urging
everyone to beat the heat. Some suburbs are expected to hit 42. Paramedics were called
to this South Granville school after a 12-year-old girl
was overcome by the heat. Cases hospitals were bracing for as the hot air from the outback
was funnelled into Sydney's west. Don't mind it hot, but when it's hot-hot,
too much for me. Bankstown bore the brunt. There was bottled water
for train passengers as temperatures here
officially hit 39.1. One of the hottest places in
Sydney today. Did it feel like it? In Bankstown? It usually is.
(LAUGHS) It was stay cool any way you could. At Penrith, the pool was popular. We've been here twice this week
and it's not even summer yet. It was any water, really and spare a thought
for those behind the counter. It's terrible! The heat face to you,
it's like boiling! It was much cooler on the coast and in the city
saved by the seabreeze. People are just so thirsty,
it's so hot out there. Closest to the sun were these guys on top of
Sydney Tower to welcome the rays. Here's how the mercury
moved across Sydney. The west and south-west
into the 30s before lunch. Bankstown was hottest soonest followed by Campbelltown
and Penrith. The city staying under 30. We think it's the warmest day
in November since about 2009. The RSPCA had dog food
in ice blocks at Chullora and a warning - in the last 48 hours there have been five reports
of dogs locked in cars, including one couple who
left their pet to go for a swim. Once investigated a case where a person left the dog
for five minutes. In that time the temperature
had increased to a level where one dog had died. With temperatures set to soar
even higher tomorrow, thousands of vessels
are expected on the water. Police warn
they will also be out in force, with a reminder alcohol
and the water don't mix. The rules on the road apply
on the water, and we're going to have plenty
of cops out there. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter
also on stand-by with boaties urged to be prepared. Rescued last year, Scott Smiles
knows quickly trouble can strike. It happened within 50 seconds,
there was no boat, so you're an idiot if you don't
take the right safety gear. It's very, very hot weather. Paul Kadak is near Bankstown
this evening. Paul, is it much cooler there now? Mark, here at the
very popular Birrong Pool it's now around 29 degrees - thankfully down from the 39 degrees
it got to here today. With this weather the advice from health authorities
is - take it easy, stay inside between
11:00 and 5:00, drink plenty of water. If you're on a boat or a beach
tomorrow you won't be alone, so take care. Mark.

Thanks, Paul. Now to Sally Bowrey at Bondi Beach which is expected
to be packed tomorrow. Sally, how's it looking? Mark, if you thought
it was scorching today temperatures are going
to be even higher tomorrow. Those hot desert winds didn't make it all the way here
to the coast today, thanks to the seabreezes but the crowds still flocked here
to cool off ahead of another hot
and humid night tonight. Tomorrow, the western suburbs
will feel the heat again. It's expected to soar to 42
in Penrith 39 in Campbelltown. The city could feel the heat too if the westerly winds
hold off the seabreeze. A top of 36 forecast for the city 32 at Bondi. I'll have details on the hot spots
and when the cool change will hit a little later.

Ralph Blewitt, the fraudster in the middle
of the union slush fund scandal, is described as
"a scumbag out to destroy lives" - and that's from his own sister. She's spoken exclusively
to Seven News, saying she hates her brother and wants the public
to know the truth. Penelope Lennon
is Ralph Blewitt's sister. She wishes she wasn't. I hate Ralph Blewitt and if the people out there
knew what he's done they wouldn't be backing him. She warns of dark secrets in the past
of the self-confessed fraudster at the centre
of the AWU slush fund affair. You've spoken to the police
about these matters? I have. We can't broadcast them here but Mrs Lennon cautions politicians
against trusting her brother. This man is out to destroy lives. I know, he's already bloody
destroyed mine. She says she's got nothing to gain
by going public, but felt compelled to after seeing her brother
on television. He's an imbecile, he's an idiot,
and he's a scumbag! This is your brother
you're talking about? I hate him. 'Hate' is a really strong word. I'm 60 years old and I'm still suffering
because of what he did to me. I was a young girl.

The young girl in this photo. That's Ralph Blewitt
in the uniform. I was made to be in that photo. I think you can see that
from the look on my face I didn't want to be near him. Ralph Blewitt's
flown back to Malaysia. The man who financed his trip here,
researcher Harry Nowicki, said today Mrs Lennon was just
attacking his mate's character, pointing out she hasn't seen
her brother since their father died,
19 years ago. Penelope Lennon says
there's a good reason for that and now hopes other family members
will come forward with their stories. He's openly admitted to fraud. Now, come on, Ralph, openly admit
to what you did to your own sister

More than a dozen guns have been stolen from a naval base
in Darwin in what's being described
as a major security breach. An intruder managed
to slip onto the base assaulting and tying up
a crew member before making off with the weapons. You'd think it would be one of the
most secure places in the country, somewhere thieves
would fear to tread, but late last night an armed bandit snuck unchallenged
on to a patrol boat at Darwin's main Defence base. Shortly before midnight, a leading seaman
on the HMAS 'Bathurst' encountered an intruder
on the vessel. The sailor was tied up
and assaulted, before the bandit broke
into the vessel's armoury and made off with weapons, 2 pump-action shotguns
and 12 semiautomatic pistols. The reassurance that I do have
at the moment is that there was no ammunition,
no magazines that were stolen. Police say the weapons can't be used
in their current state but residents and tourists
are rattled, nonetheless. I'm stunned.
I could never believe in this. That just shows you
what Darwin security is - it's not that good, is it? Where is he? Does anybody know? Police don't know,
but they suspect an inside job. The person appeared
to have good knowledge of the layout of the vessel
and ADF procedures. The base is now in lockdown with personnel stood down
until Monday. I've also initiated
a review of security on board our ships and
establishments. A young Aussie soldier who lost his legs in a blast
in Afghanistan has now welcomed home
the mates who saved his life. The 24-year-old got
his prosthetic legs only days ago to make sure
he could stand to attention and welcome the diggers home. The last time
Sapper Curtis McGrath saw these men he was fighting for his life
in Afghanistan. The last time they saw him,
they weren't sure he'd win. (CHEERING)

Three months
since his catastrophic injuries finally, an airport reunion and a chance to say thanks
to the mates who saved him. How was that moment? It was really great! Not much more I could ask for -
the guys to come home safely. It happened in August. These are pictures
from his own helmet cam. Just hold up, hold up. The combat engineer was on,
a clearance patrol. (BANG!)

Identical, he says, to this attack. I sat up, a bit on my elbows,
and my legs were gone. In hospital ever since
rushing his rehab, to be out of the wheelchair
by the time his mates got back. It's been a long road and I'm glad this phase is done. McGrath was fitted
with prosthetic legs just days ago so he could stand at attention
when his unit returned. Oh, wicked, awe inspiring,
good to see him walking again. Didn't expect to see him so soon. Can't explain it, awesome. Didn't expect him to be on legs
or anything like that. Sapper McGrath had
also wanted to salute his mates as they filed off the plane here. He told me, though, he couldn't
quite get the balance to do that, standing was hard enough. This young soldiers lost a lot,
but not his courage. His partner, Rachel, and mum, Kim,
had nothing but pride. Gave me goose bumps, so good to have
him home with everyone else because I think he feels whole now,
even though he's not. And he won't ever forget the debt. He may have lost his legs but his brothers in arms made sure
he didn't lose his life as well. Three men have been arrested over the shooting of a cash
in transit guard in Western Sydney earlier this month. The 63-year-old had just collected
cash from the Berala Hotel when he was gunned down
in the car park. This morning, police raided homes
in Fairfield, Ingleburn and Lurnea, charging two of the men
with attempted murder. He was shot seven times. It was, we alleged a
particularly violent armed robbery. The guard had emergency surgery
but is now out of hospital. The V8 Supercars have roared back
into Sydney for the final
Ford versus Holden showdown. Sean Berry is trackside
at Sydney Olympic Park. Sean, it's shaping up as
a hot weekend on and off the track? Mark, they're expecting
nearly 200,000 people here this weekend and I'd recommend bringing hats,
lots to drink, and some sunscreen. It's worth facing the heat, though, to see the final
Holden versus Ford races. Next year there'll be
four manufacturers battling in new models.

The biggest thing at the track today
was off the track. (ENGINE REVS) These four cars
are the future of V8s - the new Nissan, yet-to-be revealed Mercedes, Ford and Holden. That one looks good,
the end one doesn't look good. You don't like the Nissan?
No. What's wrong with it? It's only supposed
to be Holden and Ford. It's good to have a bit
of competition so it's not a one-horse race. It will be interesting for next year
to see what happens to them. Even the drivers couldn't resist
a peek at the future before the present came calling. Jamie Whincup was the fastest
in practise. Jason Bright almost came to grief,
as did James Courtney. Mark Winterbottom
was a second off the pace, but still keen
to take out the final two races in the Ford versus Holden era. There's nothing better than
a street circuit, tight walls, there's so much stuff
that can go wrong, and when you get it right
it is so rewarding. Police are warning the crowds to
keep calm in searing temperatures. Any antisocial behaviour
won't be tolerated and it will be dealt with swiftly
by police on the ground here. Qualifying starts at 9:20
tomorrow morning. The first race is at 3:00.

Still to come
tonight in Seven News - the suburb that will be home
to Sydney's second Costco warehouse. Also the end of an era for hundreds of workers
at the Clyde refinery. And the electricity grinch threatening to dim
Sydney's Christmas lights. That's next.

South-west Sydney is getting
its own massive Costco store - the city's second. Liverpool Council has voted
to change its local plans, making way for
a 14,000 square metre store, even bigger than its Auburn store. It will be built in Casula
at the Crossroads Homemaker Centre and is expected to open in time
for next Christmas. and should include Costco's
first Australian petrol station. A piece of Australian history
closed today as Shell's Clyde refinery
near Homebush shut down with the loss of hundreds of jobs. The closure now means Australia
will rely more on imported petrol. This is the HR Holden
Joe Camilieri drove to work the day he started here
almost 35 years ago. He's driving it home
for the last time. I done my bit for the company and the company has been good
to me, I suppose. 280 workers have been laid off. The last 20 left today. It's time to go, I'm 62, so had to retire some day. He's among the lucky ones. There will be workers
who will not get employment because they are restricted
in what they do because of family. This refinery used to process about
half the state's entire fuel needs so its closure today won't just affect those
who are losing their jobs, it could affect anyone
who drives a car. The union says increased reliance on
foreign fuel could raise prices at the pump and we'll need much more
foreign fuel. From a peak of eight refineries
in 2003, Australia now has six. In 2014, the Caltex Kurnell plant
is closing. Refineries in Geelong and Brisbane
could also shut down. The ACCC has shown
through several reports that local refining has no impact
on local refining. At least
Joe's got his retirement sorted. Time to get a new car? I got a new car,
but I prefer to drive this one. The British media
is facing a major overhaul after it was found to have
wreaked havoc on innocent people. Lord Justice Leveson spent nine
months investigating media ethics following the 'News of the World'
phone hacking scandal. He has called
for a new regulatory body, independent of the industry,
government and politicians. The ball now moves
into the politician's court. They must now decide
who guards the guardians. Prime Minister David Cameron
has already expressed concerns that the proposed reforms
go too far. The great Christmas tradition,
of stringing lights up on homes, is being dimmed this year. The spiralling cost of electricity has forced some to cut back
on their displays. Not enough, though,
to dampen the Christmas spirit. The Elters are inspecting
their Christmas lights, only this year
they're on someone else's property, the local bakery. He offered to pay
for the electricity but there was a little catch, I decorate his shop -
he just wanted me to keep going. For eight years the lights on the Elters home
attracted thousands of visitors but now they can't afford the costs. People were very happy,
but good things came to an end. I couldn't do it anymore. Bob Porter has been putting up
Christmas lights for 15 years. He replaced his older display
with LEDs to cut costs.

Our electricity bill
at Christmas time would be between $2,000 to $2,200. And that's just for one month? For one month. But for the average
Sydney household, won't blow out the summer bill. The biggest cost
is air conditioning. For goodness sakes, have some lights,
but use them wisely, don't leave them on all night. There are fewer displays
around Sydney this year but from next week Mallee Street in Quakers Hill Grandoaks Place in Castle Hill, Vancouver Avenue in Toongabbie and Astley Place at Edensor Park. I just do it to get the community
together and mainly for the kids. Keeping the tradition and joy
in Christmas. Sport now with Jim Wilson and the Aussies have lifted
for Ricky Ponting's farewell test. Mark, our pacemen have been superb on the opening day
of the series decider. Coming up, Blues quick Mitchell Starc
finally gets a chance and he doesn't disappoint. Plus breaking news on Israel Folau
and his playing future. And still in the world's top ten, and Sam Stosur is desperate
for success on home soil.

It's embarrassing to have to contend
with your dentures being loose. I find it very awkward so I would excuse myself
and go and sit in my car. A good way to help you
feel more confident is to use a denture adhesive. With just three small drops,
you get a strong cushion hold.

and helps prevent food
from getting underneath your dentures. I just wish I'd stumbled
across this sooner. I couldn't smile broadly, which I'm now able to do.

Ricky Ponting's farewell test match
has got off to a great start as Australia's bowlers lifted
for the retiring champion. South Africa won the toss
and batted but they were soon on the back foot. Blues paceman Mitchell Starc
was brilliant with the Proteas 7/141 at tea. but with the number one ranking
at stake he's put celebrations on hold. There's a lot of hard work we've
got to do over the next five days. I want to be part of that hard work. and Mitchell Johnson
gladly accepted the ball after South Africa won the toss, but it was Shane Watson
in his return from injury who claimed the skipper for 16. COMMENTATOR:
Number one for Australia! Blues left-armer Mitchell Starc
was close to unplayable. Oh, yes! That's a ripper!
Straight through him! He bagged Petersen and Kallis
in the space of two runs. Oh, yes! Oh, you ripper!

The Aussies could do no wrong. The brilliant arm of Dave Warner
sent danger man Amla on his way. South Africa 5/67 when our latest debutant
broke through. He's got a wicket now,
John Hastings! Australia right on top
when Johnson made it 6/75. This will be out!
Matthew Wade. Well bowled, Mitchell Johnson. The flow of wickets only stopped when second test hero Faf du Plessis
stepped up. Ah, that's just about
the shot of the day. The mini fight-back cracked
by the spin of Nathan Lyon. In breaking news - Israel Folau has stunned
Parramatta and the NRL by announcing he'll play
rugby union in Europe next season. Folau quit the AFL
and Greater Western Sydney to play for the Eels but he rejected their offer today. The club's request
to sign Folau above the salary cap was knocked back by the NRL.

We're very keen to see a player
like Israel come back. He's obviously a talented individual and we want to see talented
individuals playing our game. Folau could have signed if the salary cap was increased
for next year but a stalemate continues after negotiations
with leading players today. AFL star Kurt Tippett
has been suspended for 11 games and fined $50,000 for salary cap breaches. The Swans and Greater Western Sydney
have shown interest in the Adelaide forward. And Sydney has just released
a statement saying they remain keen
to snare Tippett. Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone
has given Ferrari a verbal spray after Sebastian Vettel was cleared
of an illegal overtaking move during the Brazilian Grand Prix. It means Vettel is
the undisputed world champion. Ecclestone said
Ferrari's complaint was a joke. Sam Stosur has told Seven News she's
excited about the Australian summer. The world number nine
will be the headline act at the Apia International
Sydney from January 6 in her final hit-out
before the Australian Open. You're not going to see much better
tennis than this anywhere in the world, so, I mean, to have a great
tournament like this in your own backyard, I think you should come out here
and take a look at it. Stosur is in contention for a
third-straight John Newcombe medal as our Best Player for the Year.

I was a supporter of the eels, I would be fuming and I spoke to Ricky Stuart before I came on air about Israel Folau and he is not happy, to say the least. I imagine they are off the Christmas card lists. Back to Sally at Bondi now. Sal, will the heat go
from bad to worse? Mark, the west will swelter tomorrow
and the city could, too, if the seabreeze stays at bay. I'll have the details, next.

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We'll be looking for ways to beat
the heat for the start of summer with temperatures set to climb
into the 40s for the west while the city may see some pretty
unbearable weather if the seabreeze gets pushed out
tomorrow. Muggy weather was the story
in the city today, the mercury climbing to 29. There is plenty of warm air
hanging around but the seabreeze undercut it today. This afternoon the Southern Highlands and also the Blue Mountains. One or two of these will sweep
into Sydney at some point in the next few hours coming from
the west to south-west. From the satellite very hot north-west winds will stay
put across New South Wales with cooler weather sweeping in, moving northwards tomorrow. Around the country Showers and storms in Melbourne
and Canberra. Fine in Hobart. On the water:

Chance of a storm in the afternoon
and evening. The seabreeze
might have a little more trouble pushing through tomorrow and that means the city
will reach a very hot 36 with showers and storms possible
in the afternoon. A pretty uncomfortable night ahead. High humidity and warm temperatures
tonight. Tomorrow will be heavily affected
by the arrival of the seabreeze. At this stage, the very hot north-westerlies are expected to reach all the way
to the city but only briefly. Tomorrow night
will be hot and humid with a cooler southerly change expected to come through
on Sunday morning. Few showers on Monday
and Tuesday then fine skies ahead.

That's Seven News for this Friday. Stay tuned for 'Today Tonight'
with Matt White and acting legend Jack Thompson's
life-or-death decision.

Tonight - a screen legend given
a frightening ultimatum - diet or die. I've lost 30 kilos in 14 months. How Jack Thompson
turned his life around. The real education revolution. What we are here to do is provide
the best education on the planet. Where are these schools
of the future? Plus, quotas confirmed - an insider blows the whistle
on council parking police, being told to book them or else. Good evening, I'm Matt White. Thanks for joining us. First this evening,
the fight of a true screen legend. Over four decades, Jack Thompson has been a giant
of Australian film, starring in some
of our most-loved movies. Now in his 70s, Jack has been confronted
with a stark choice, told by his doctor
to lose weight or else. James Thomas reports on
how Jack has turned his life around. You look incredible.
What has happened to you? Uh, I've lost 30kg
in 14 months. (HUMS)

In film and television,
his shadow has always loomed large. It's not often I get a chance
to meet a legend. (HUMS)

One year ago, Jack Thompson's
sheer physical size threatened not only his career
but his life.