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(generated from captions) From the satellite, patchy cloud is drifting over
New South Wales but tomorrow, northerly winds
will move in with warmer weather
hitting Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. It won't last long because a cold change will sweep
into the south-east on Saturday, cooling off the mercury
for most of us. Around the nation, Hot in Melbourne ahead of a late cool change. Showers in Hobart. Wet weather drying up
in Adelaide.

On the waters:

It won't get very cool tonight
under all the cloud. Tomorrow it will stay overcast as northerly winds
push the mercury up ahead of an afternoon shower
or storm. Rainwise, we could pick up 3-5mm but it will be warm so humidity levels
will shoot up again as temperatures push into the 30s
for most except those close to the coast. On Sunday -

the cooler change will slowly start
to take hold with afternoon showers. That's pretty much the story
for the start of next week, drying up
towards the end of the week. That's Seven News for this Friday. Next up 'Today Tonight'
with Kylie Gillies.

Living large on welfare. The pensioner who says the
government is paying him too much. His tips on how to spend and save. J-Lo Down Under - backstage as she kicks off
her Australian tour. Christmas toy season is under way. We'll take you through
what is in demand and show you how to save up to 50%. RUNS: 0.25 ENDS: "up to 50%"

Good evening. Welcome to Today Tonight.
I'm Kylie Gillies. First tonight,
it's the chilling whodunnit that has one country town terrified. Boorowa is the type of place where
everyone knows their neighbour and everyone is keen to lend a hand. Its residents have been rocked with
the murder of one of their own. As David Richardson reports the killer may be living among them.

We've developed into
the quintessential Australian town that has a lot to offer. Everyone knows everyone
and we're a big family. Boorowa,
nestled in the Lachlan Valley in the south-west slopes
of New South Wales. A merino town
with a population of just 1,000. A town renowned
for peace and tranquillity where "crime"
is not just a dirty word, it's a distant memory. You've never been robbed? Nah. Never had someone walk in? Nah. Never had anything
stolen from the shop? Nope.

To give you an idea
just how safe this town has been, have a listen to these crime stats
from last year. Assaults in this area, none. Malicious damage, even graffiti,
nonexistent. Alcohol-related crimes, none. But this town has gone from no crime to the worst possible crime -
murder, and it's ripping
this close community apart. It's just shattered a lot of people
in town. that something like this
could actually happen Deb Barclay was born and bred
in Boorowa. A single mother, she moved back here
with her daughter for the safety
of this tiny community. Now, the real world has gatecrashed
this pocket of innocence. You know, I have never, ever
locked my door. I'm locking my door now at night. I just don't feel safe anymore. Local identity Barry Lowe became Boorowa's first murder victim
in 62 years. He was found bludgeoned to death
in his neat home in the town's main street. He lived directly over the road
from the local police station, barely 10m from his front door. Whenever you met him in town,
always said "g'day" to you. It was never a problem with him,
he was just a great man. Shane Karchinsky was one
of Barry Lowe's fishing buddies. Every year, Barry and his mates would travel to
the isolated Kimberleys, 4,000km away.

Now their mate's murder has cast a terrible fog
over this trusting community. We just hope it's not someone
in town that's done it, that it's someone
who's gone through, whether it was robbery or something. I don't think he's had any enemies.
I don't know. 66-year-old Barry Lowe
was a former shearer who owned a merino farm
about 40km outside of town. Every year,
as winter approached, Now his mysterious murder
has everyone here on edge. What's the predominant feeling?
Is it worry? Yes, worry, because they don't know
who done it. Stuart Johnston
runs the local service station. He knew Barry Lowe - everyone did. In a tiny community like this,
it's hard to keep a secret let alone get away with murder. That's what's surprised us,
being in the main street. We don't know how in the hell
no-one knows anything about it. That is, I think, what's playing
on everyone's mind, that the killer hasn't been caught. They would have to be
thinking about, "Am I living next door to a killer?" Until Lowe's murder,
the day before Melbourne Cup, the biggest mystery in this town
were the crop circles that suddenly appear
in the paddocks outside the village. Now the town's first murder
in more than a generation is the topic of all discussion. It has caused speculation,
a fair bit of anxiety, idle chatter, of course,
so it has hit the town. Boorowa mayor Wendy Tuckerman
is a former federal police officer. She's working
to keep her town together, to keep the panic at bay. You don't like to think that this
sort of thing would be happening but as I said,
welcome to the real world. This is particularly concerning
for us because it is a small town and certainly nothing was seen
out of place or suspicious, which is highly unusual. Detective Inspector Angelo Memmolo
is leading the investigation into Barry Lowe's killings. He admits detectives are stumped. Nothing is jumping out at us,
at the moment. Is it tough?
It's like all homicides. We have to go through the numbers
in relation to this and basically turn every stone over,
as we do, and it will take some time
for this one to be solved. But with every passing day
and no arrest, anxiety mounts
in this postcard town - the fear growing
that a killer lives amongst them. Our innocence in that respect,
I think, is long gone. Let's hope it's not something that's remembered
for being something unsolved, that they will find what's happened and can actually put Barry
to rest in peace.

If you have any information
on Barry Lowe's murder contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

David Richardson reporting. Now, to two separate cases where
cold-hearted insurance companies are refusing to pay out on claims by exploiting technical
and medical loop holes. Here's Neil Doorley with why you
need to always read the fine print. I'm just so disappointed
with their conduct. They're just not honouring
their side of the deal. Worry about losing the house,
heavy burden behind on family. 35-year-old Greg Kelly has been
given less than 12 months to live. You've got to stay strong. Not just in his fight against
the cancer in his bile duct but to get a payout
of more than $200,000 from insurance company TAL. This is when insurance, you thought,
would have kicked in. But TAL has denied his claim because when Greg took out
his life insurance four years ago, he failed to declare
he'd been suffering from colitis, an inflammation
of the large intestine, which, according to doctors, has nothing to do with
cancer of the bile duct. I've been clear with them that I had
this pre-existing condition The colitis is completely unrelated to anything relating
to his present condition but the insurance company
is still trying to rely on it Paul Watson is from
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers. The last thing he wants is to
go through legal battle to pursue his rightful entitlement. Too weak to work
and with TAL digging in its heels, Greg's now worried he'll lose
the family home north of Brisbane. It's frustrating. Peter Dodd
can understand that frustration. for a cruise through Europe which he never got to take
with his wife, Heather. She had one desire
to just do a trip. Stomach cancer
would claim her life in May. We never did our dream trip, sadly.

Peter's problems stem from the fact he took out his travel insurance
the day after Heather visited her GP complaining of feeling unwell, even though the GP found:

She was referred to a specialist
for further tests - evidence, Allianz argues,
that Heather was suffering:

Like a growing number
of Australians, Peter's taken his complaint
to the Financial Ombudsman whose office says travel insurance ranks
among the top four most-complained-about products
in the domestic insurance industry. The last thing you want to happen is to find out that you really need
that travel insurance but your not covered because you've been stung by
a pre-existing medical condition. When it comes to insurance policies, Ingrid Just
from consumer watchdog Choice says the devil is in the detail. So you're not caught out
by pre-existing medical conditions, look carefully
through the fine print. I thought I would have been covered
better than that and I think I've been hard done by. With TAL refusing to comment
on Greg Kelly's case, he's hoping he can win at least
one of his remaining battles so his family
won't be left destitute after he loses his fight
with cancer. Hope all this money comes through. He is the pensioner
who is living large on welfare, enjoying a luxury car,
overseas holidays and wanting for nothing. And not only does this outspoken
senior say the pension is enough, the government is actually giving
him too much. Here is Damien Hansen with the tips on how all pensioners
can follow his lead.

I live extremely well and I don't understand why so
many people complain all the time.

I think the biggest expense - there are three
that the pensioner has - smoking, drinking and pokies.

I think the government
is giving us too much. What was that? I think the Government
is giving us too much. Sergio, Sergio, Sergio -
what are you getting yourself into? It is enough
if you learn how to manage and if you don't squander. He is the 80-year-old
outspoken senior living large on a small pension who says others can do the same. I'm a pensioner,
I have a good life, very good life, and I believe you pensioners
should do a little bit of what I do and have a good life,
as I have now. Before you dismiss Sergio Bresats
as wealthy miser, he is not. He lives here in this
modest housing commission flat on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. I eat as well now
as I did when I was working. Sergio has called Australia home
for the past 58 years and has always managed
his money well. He saved his pension
to pay for this Mercedes as well as a recent trip overseas.

They are not good managers. They are incapable, for some reason. Whatever is the reason, I don't know
because I am not a psychiatrist. But there are a few
of his fellow pensioners that believe
Sergio needs his head read. It's rubbish. Absolute drivel.

It's rubbish. Absolute drivel. What a lot of garbage. I think he's a pompous little sod. It's an issue
that just won't go away. As self-funded retirees' savings
take a battering, will our ageing population ever be
able to live happily ever after on the Commonwealth pension? The cost of living,
the cost of living pressures in a breadth of ways are impacting really adversely
on older Australians. Michael O'Neill is chief executive
of National Seniors Australia. The superannuation industry
has developed their modelling on how much you need to retire on
to live a modest life and their figure is about
$22,000 per annum for a pension. A full pensioner at the moment - the pension is about
$18,000 per annum. Sergio, like millions
of other single Australians, receives $675.25 a fortnight. But as living costs in Australia
rise substantially, so do calls to boost the payments
for our elderly Australians. Hey, we're still alive, so we
should be treated with respect. While Sergio enjoys fine food
like prosciutto and steak regularly, he admits his pockets are lined
with an additional $100 a month from the Italian pension. Not all of us gamble,
not all of us are frivolous, we're careful.

And while Sergio's straight talking
isn't winning him any friends, he's remaining defiant. I think it is time for
Australian pensioners to wake up, stop whingeing. This is it. There is no free lunches - none.
The free lunches have gone. Are you on Sergio's side? Do you think that the old age
pension is more than enough? You can have your say
on the Today Tonight website. She's the global superstar so big
she has become a brand. This year Jennifer Lopez has been
named 'Forbes' magazine's most
powerful celebrity, beating out rivals like Lady Gaga
and Oprah Winfrey. But, as she told Mark Gibson despite the fame and the fortune, at the end of the day,
she's just another single mum. Hi! Hi, Jennifer. I'm Mark.
Nice to meet you. Perth, let's get it.

Well, firstly, welcome to Australia. Thank you. What took you so long? Oh, gosh, you know, I haven't been here since I think
I promoted the 'J.Lo' album, which was my second album. My kids want to see a kangaroo - that's what they want,
that's their big deal. in a bedazzled,
body-hugging catsuit, it's easy to forget this is
a 43-year-old mother of two. How do you maintain that enthusiasm? You've been on the road
for six months now. Yeah, but you know what? Each place is different and new
for us and each one marks a different time
in what we're doing. So, it's like South America
was our first place and then Australia's the last place
we're going before Puerto Rico, so we're waiting to get to
all these places and we heard it was summer time here and we were excited about that
because Europe was freezing. Jennifer Lopez
is a global phenomenon. After selling
more than 70 million albums and last year earning $52 million, 'Forbes Magazine' has named her
the world's most powerful celebrity. It's quite bizarre. It's quite bizarre because
you don't think of those things when you're working
and doing your thing, you know. You're just going about
your business and trying to do the best you can and then somebody notices and you're like, "Oh, that's nice,
I like that you know" but that's kind of
as far as I go with it. I'm not like, "I am the world's
most powerful celebrity." You know we're going to use that
in the promo? Yeah, thank you. Please don't.
But I don't think in those terms.

She sings about
her humble beginnings growing up in The Bronx but times have certainly changed. There are constant rumours
of diva demands, a refusal to speak to
the hired help, but the JLO we met
was warm and friendly and happy to talk about family life
with 4-year-old twins Max and Emme. When I took on the whole idea
of doing the tour, I knew that the babies
had to come with me. There was no way that I was
going to travel without them for six, seven months. That wasn't gonna happen. So it was like,
"OK, we have to figure this out" and it's just like any other
single working mum. You're like, "OK, who's gonna
help me, who's coming "and how are we gonna do this?" You know what I mean? Do they kind of get
that Mum's a bit of a big deal? I don't know if they know
that I'm a big deal. They know that I sing
and that I dance and that a lot of people clap. Other than that, they don't, really. After three failed marriages, Lopez's latest squeeze
is 25-year-old dancer Casper Smart, who features in her music video
for 'Dance Again'. Her 6-month world tour
finishes Down Under That's the exciting thing
about this is that there's no end game. You just keep going,
you keep growing. It's like life -

you keep going until it stops,
and I don't plan on stopping. Thanks for touring Australia. Thank you. And thanks for talking to us. Thank you. Thank you for having me.
Nice to meet you. Great. Thank you, appreciate it. Thank you so much. That was Mark Gibson backstage
as JLO kicked off her Aussie tour. After the break we reveal the must-have toys
for kids this Christmas, as voted by the experts.

I like the colour, so 9 again. Maybe for X-factor give it an 8. The complete list,
and how to save up to 50%. That's after the break,
on Today Tonight.

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Welcome back. They are the gifts
that can make or break Christmas. Are the toys your children are
getting under the tree this year on their Santa list? To make sure, Georgia Main went directly
to the experts for advice and discovered where you can find
massive discounts along the way. I'm gonna give it a 9.

They're yet to get their pen licence but these pint-sized judges
are more than qualified to determine what's hot
and what's not this year... 10 out of 10. ..testing the newest toys
on the market. Jade, 7. Victoria, 9. Oliver, 5.

Harrison, 10. Um... Josh, 5.

Toy testing is serious business and these tough critics can make or break
the $2.5 billion toy industry. I like the colour, so a 9 again. For 'X' factor, give it an 8. The Pillow Pets
and Cabbage Patch dolls. They're your favourites?
Yeah. For boys under 10, these are tipped to be under
many a Christmas tree this year:

For girls under 10, our testers have told Santa
to stock up on:

TOY: Great to see ya! What do you want to do now. Dance with me!

The Fidget's my favourite toy. She talks and she's fun
and she's cute. Mattel marketing director
Amanda Allegos knows her smallest employees
have the biggest influence. Toy testers have a very clear idea of what they like
and what they don't like and Mattel's always been about listening to what kids
are really interested in. According to Catherine Rickett
from Funtastic, there are some toys
we just can't get enough of. Pillow Pets has been
a toy industry phenomenon. We've sold through
almost 2 million units since we launched last Christmas and it continues to be
just as popular this Christmas. With just 18 more sleeps
until the big day, Big W will help fill
those Christmas stockings with up to 50% off
a selection of toys tomorrow only, both online and in store. Those popular Pillow Pets
down to $10 each. 30% off Fun Riders. And bubble guns for just $5. And for Today Tonight viewers
exclusively, there's up to 50% off toys like the Barbie Collector
Royal Wedding doll, the VTech 'Cars 2' laptop, My Little Pony Friends Train and LEGO City of Atlantis. And you'll find plenty more offers
on our website that go on sale
straight after the show. I'll just hold it!

There will be some exclusive sales
on offer for Today Tonight viewers. Find out where on our website. Still to come on Today Tonight -
our exclusive investigation. What our manufacturers are putting
in your ice cream. Ice-cream in a supermarket
is made by a scientist. Ice-cream in a supermarket is
made by a scientist. It's made to a formula and it is
produced in a factory. Stabilisers, humectants, they will
contain artificial flavours, artificial colours. That's ahead on Today Tonight.

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in more and more ways, like data transfer and online sales. The problem is our current copper
network's struggling to keep up.

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will give businesses in Australia access to high-speed,
reliable broadband. Built for our needs today
and tomorrow, the NBN will make us
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to grow our future prosperity.

It'll help us take Australia
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Next week, Helen Wellings lifts the lid on what's really inside
your favourite ice creams and reveals exactly
what you're paying for. Am

Am ice-creams can contain a whole cocktail of food additives including emulsifiers and stabilisers...Are facing a banana flavour, it may never have seen her banana. -- if they say. You may never know if it has come from a laboratory or a fruit. That story next week. Have a great weekend.
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Summer is here, and Better Homes and Gardens is rolling out our very best ideas,
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Three celebrities, three makeovers -
this is going to be interesting. Let's go check it out. Am I OK?
Yeah, you should be right to work. What a combination! Hello.
Hi! Just making sure he's fit to work 'cause I'm gonna
make him work today. Got a courtyard here.
What are you gonna do with it? Look, it's a challenging space,
I think. But I reckon the theme of maybe
a Mediterranean courtyard. Oh, nice.
But the main problem is the walls. But I reckon if we disguise
the walls or hide them
with greenery or recycled stuff that we might be on a winner. Do you know what I love? I've never,
ever, ever heard Jason be so quiet. I think you're in awe!
Yay, Jase!

I'll get the middle one.
Oh, thank you.


BOTH: 96, 97, 98, 99...
Yep! Looks like I found kiddie corner!
We did not think this through. Who thought to put you two together?
(LAUGHS) Oh, you get that.
Mate, we're excited. Ready to go. Hey, it's pretty competitive
out there. Maybe for them,
but we're on top of it already. Listen, obviously in a garage - good for you,
'cause I know you love cars. Yeah, totally - I got a retro
man cave kinda feel coming on with reds, whites, blacks. It's gonna be awesome! Alright, well, now that you've
pumped your guns, get to work, boys!

First down the driveway. You're not
allowed to drop your hat. BOTH: Go!

Oh, no! (LAUGHS)
Whoa! So you like this?
Yeah. Ah! The international connection.
Hello. How are you? (LAUGHS) I like that she's actually
dressed to make you feel at home. This is my little ode to Paris!
(ALL LAUGH) Well, what's the plan in here? Well, there's a lot of things
we need to do. You reckon?
Yeah! I think the paint
is gonna be a big job. The carpet - look at that - mustard. I would put that mustard on a steak
maybe, but not on a carpet. I'm gonna get rid of
most of the furniture but I want to keep this and I want
to make something out of it. Maybe something to do
along the lines of wine, 'cause he's a wine drinker,
of course! Look, it sounds absolutely
sensational. It's a big space. Want help getting rid of furniture?