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This program is captioned live. ANDREW O'KEEFE: Breaking the taboo - Richard and Sam Branson call
for a re-think on drugs. We'll hear from them
before both sides go head-to-head. Advertiser blackout - the fallout from the prank call
that led to a nurse's death. Martin Frizell will have
a live update from London. Adoption riddle - why are so many Aussie kids
living without parents? Deborra Lee-Furness will help us
understand the red tape. And inside Amazon -
prepare to be amazed as we tour Santa's real workshop -
or bookshop. It's access-all-areas as
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Good morning.We are catching up with the gossip while the microphones are turned off. You are so fresh today. You should see her pants.They are screaming summer. They are like a Christmas decoration. Let's get things started
with a weather snapshot from James.

Good morning. I am that man LEIGH MATTHEWS: Beat. Looking quickly at the forecast?

Hot temperatures remain
unchanged throughout Queensland, including a dry
and gusty wind. A fire weather warning
has been issued, reaching extreme
in the west. A cool change has swept
across New South Wales, Victoria
and Tassie, lowering temperatures
and bringing a few cloudy days. South Australia,
mainly fine while thunderstorms
are forecast for the Top End
and Western Australia. Your local weather shortly - but first, here's Jess
with the 7am news. Good morning. The chairman of the British hospital that employed nurse
Jacintha Saldanha has sent a scathing letter
to Sydney radio station 2Day FM, condemning a prank call
that led to her apparent suicide. For more I'm joined by Sunrise
correspondent Martin Frizell. Good morning, Martin. What does the letter say?

This is a very private institution that has been the home for the royal family for medical matters for generations. Shock from this tragedy has turned into anger. This is the letter that was sent a few hours ago on Saturday in the UK from the chairman of the hospital to the boss of the company in charge of 2Day FM. He said, in his words:

He just found out that this was recorded. That makes him even more angry.

Basically what he is suggesting is that station management knew about this and their lawyers passed it. They themselves have to answer, not just the presenters.And have we heard from the station management and from the radio hosts?This is causing another sense of Yuri here in the UK. The station boss came out and said they have broken no laws and they were looking after them, looking after their health and giving them medical attention and counselling. I will show you the newspaper headlines later on, they are talking about blood on their hands. Also Jacintha Saldanha's family have come out. She comes from India originally. She leaves two children behind and a husband and this is going to continue on the front pages over the weekend.Such an awfully sad story. Thanks for the update. A former Jakarta-based diplomat wants the Government's royal
commission into child sexual abuse to include an investigation into
the Department of Foreign Affairs. The man claims
DFAT's South-East Asia division was involved in paedophilia
cover-ups 30 years ago. He says the department
arranged for a fellow diplomat - who was known by locals
to be a paedophile - to gain safe passage
out of Indonesia. William Stuart Brown
later hanged himself in a Bali jail after being convicted and jailed
for sex offences against boys. Brian McFadden has apologised
after posting a Tweet condemning women
who stay in abusive relationships. The dumped 'Australia's got Talent'
judge tweeted yesterday "Men who hit women are pathetic.

The comment received a backlash
on social media and has been labelled
irresponsible by campaigners against domestic violence.

Liberal Party candidates
are being gagged on social media. Fairfax newspapers claim pre-selected candidates
have been told to consider closing
their Twitter accounts and to avoid making any comments
on social media on behalf of the Liberal Party to avoid any scandals in the lead-up
to next year's federal election.

Many Sydney schools are ditching
skirts and tunics for girls uniforms and replacing them
with unisex shorts as part of an overhaul
of traditional school uniforms. The New South Wales
Department of Education says the change will enable girls to play
more freely in the playground. But not everyone's convinced - the Parents and Citizens Association
claims schools are being pressured
by Generation X parents to remove gender bias.

The family of an Australian soldier
who lost his legs in Afghanistan has watched as he marched
alongside his comrades just two weeks after receiving
prosthetic limbs. 24-year-old Sapper Curtis McGrath
received a standing ovation as he joined mates
at a welcome home parade. I didn't realise his mates
were going to be holding him up, side by side.

So it was... I had the tissues out. Sapper McGrath has been focusing
on his rehabilitation since August. Former South African president
Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital
for a series of medical tests. But a government statement says
there's no cause for alarm. Current President Jacob Zuma says Mandela undergoes medical treatment
from time to time that is consistent with his age. The anti-apartheid leader
is 94 years old and his frail health prevents him
from making public appearances. Danish royals Prince Frederik
and Princess Mary have revisited their childhood at a LEGO education centre
in Beijing. The princess took a moment
to sit down with children while the Crown Prince
made a construction of his own. The LEGO group's headquarters
is based in Denmark.

It is very interesting. I am sure you have something to say about Brian McFadden.I do not understand how he was able to make those comments, why he made them. What steps has he made to educate himself about the issue? There are 20 different reasons, 100 reasons why someone might stay in an abusive relationship. You are an idiot, a bloody idiot.I must say I was part of the backlash yesterday. I do not follow him because he is an idiot but I responded.To two things. Where are they going to go? And if you have children, do you want them to be bumping around on couches for the next year? Going to a refuge. Maybe you want them to stay in the home and you are willing to put up with it for that reason. Maybe you are so robbed of your self-esteem by the person you have spent 10 years with who has been beating you up but you feel the option to stave. Do some research before you make those comments. You patently know nothing about it. Unbelievable. This is one of the things about late night waiting.It was not late night.-- tweeting late night. Ahead this hour -
Kochie breaks down interest rates. A back-to-basics lesson
on how they work. But next - the Sydney Sixers kick
off their Big Bash League season with a win against the Thunder. Beretts has the full details
coming up. And JT hits the beach
for your local weather.

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Just one other thing in regard to Brian McFadden and his tweet, we have all got a lot to learn about this. I take it back, anyone not immediate. We have all got a lot to learn about this issue. To tweeted to the world that women who stay in abusive relationships are just as bad as the men who abuse them is possibly going ridiculously too far. We all have a lot to learn. Domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and children in Australia. Many people do leave but they are now living on the street. That gives you an indication of why people do not leave, Brian McFadden. Hopefully you might investigate these things before you twit them.In the news break, sapper McGrath. Walking on his new legs. The good news story. The Sydney Sixers have thumped
the Thunder by seven wickets in the Big Bash cross-town derby. Sixers paceman Mitchell Starc sent
a timely reminder to test selectors taking a handy 2/27. COMMENTATOR: Oh, bowled him. Straight through, full toss. With Michael Clarke sitting out, the Thunder could only manage
a total of 143 but had a dream start with the ball taking the scalp of former team-mate
Dave Warner for a duck Before Sixers captain Brad Haddin
clubbed 59 off 48 balls to guide the champs
to their 12th straight win.

And the Sixers get their season off
to a flying start. And India's batting line-up
has disintegrated on the fourth day of the third test
with England in Kolkata. Chasing 523, the hosts are just 239
with one wicket left. Veteran Queensland golfer
John Senden has overcome a windy third round
to hold a precious 2-shot lead coming into the final day
of the Emirates Australian Open. England's Justin Rose
is outright second at 5 under while Adam Scott remains a chance
at 2 under. Senden took on Rose
by showing courage, like this effort over
the water at 11th, to nail an eagle. COMMENTATOR: Oh, beautiful shot! It's pulled up about 3 metres short
of Justin Rose's and now feeding back. Oh, look at this. Wow! The final day is live and free,
right here on Seven.

The Central Coast Mariners
have reclaimed top spot on the A-League ladder following a 2-nil win
over the Newcastle Jets. Daniel McBreen opened the scoring
in the 49th minute then, after his team-mate
Oliver Bozanic went off with a very sore head. The league's top scorer
struck again. COMMENTATOR: Free header... ..back of the net. Second for the Mariners. Second for Daniel McBreen! Meanwhile, tempers flared in the
match-up between the Melbourne Heart and Perth Glory with Heart coach John Aloisi
taking exception to a foul from Dean Heffernan. A late goal ensured
Aloisi had the last laugh.

Two first half goals
from Fernando Torres have handed new Chelsea manager
Rafael Benitez his maiden win with the club and the Blues' first victory
in eight games of the English Premier League. The Spaniard almost had
his third in the 49th minute but team-mate Juan Mata
rifled in the loose ball. COMMENTATOR: Chelsea extend
their lead. In other matches,
Arsenal beat West Brom 2-0 while Wigan finished with a 2-2 draw
against Queens Park Rangers.

Now to JT and today's weather.

Debate is gorgeous and they are as -- and the beach is gorgeous and they are attractive men. The cyclists have come down because there is an event happening to raise money. Red Kite is a charity you try to support?Yes, it supports children with cancer. Research and support for children and parents.Yes, shaved a lanes. How is training coming along?We have got about four months before we have to set off. We will build up to 500 kilometres a week.When you say training starts now de mean a latte

I am proud to be associated with the charity and it is especially great because this morning is about children and Red Kite. These children have come out and the newest member of the family. Who is this?This is Hunter and he is four months.He is great. And we got a smile, great. We will see you in 30 minutes. It will take a long time to paddle from Adelaide. On a tricycle. Ahead this morning -
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remember your childhood dream? How do you actually achieve them?

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Now we all had our dreams and
aspirations as children but how many of us
actually go on to achieve them? Game-show host did

Game-show host did not make my top 20, actually. Some of us want to be astronauts, others just want to get married
and have kids, A UK survey found
that two in five adults feel their lives have not
met childhood expectations. So how do we go about achieving
our dreams - or should we even try? We're joined now by psychologist and career
development expert Jim Bright. Good morning, Jim.

Do you think it's important
to at least try and achieve those childhood aspirations?

It depends of what you have been dreaming of. If the dream is vaguely realistic then why not have a go and try. But you have got to get to the point where you realise if you do not have a talent you could waste years of your life doing something you are not suited to. If my dream was to be an Olympic swimmer my life would have been very sad! At some point you need to listen to feed back. You might be able to manage swimmers, work in a sports centre, something else. You have got to be realistic. Do you find people's skill set does not match their dream?You get that both ways. People who want to do things and do not have the skill set and people who are skilled and do not enjoy it. They get paid for it, they do it and everyone celebrates them but they say they would rather be a farmer, do something totally different. It is quite common. Some people have really
quite simple dreams - like living in the country
with a big family but they find money
doesn't let them do it.

Yes. This UK survey has been done after four, five years after the GFC. The opportunities are not bear. That is why the numbers are low in the 24-plus age group. You have got more options if you have money behind you. Taking Time Out to train, go overseas, interstate and so forth. People think they can buy a house by the time they are 25. It is probably unrealistic unless you get really lucky.Rangoon has jumped into the top 10. What were your dreams?I wanted to be an astronaut.What happened?I loved space Lego.There is still time. Beretts can lend you a onesie.I wanted to be a pilot. I was staying closer to the ground.You were like a pilot with you're water-skiing. I thought the world was going to be my oyster, I was going to be a Prime Minister and a rock star. Madonna Valentine wanted to be the incredible hulk.When I was little I wanted to be a mother when I grew up. We were simple children in the country.We have to leave it there but it is a really interesting topic. Compromises sometimes give you other consequences. But how do you deal with the regret? That is for next time.You have got to keep your childhood enthusiasm. Send us in your childhood dreams and let us know whether you've
managed to achieve them. Or if you think you still might. You can reach us
across social media. The latest news and weather
is straight ahead. Also coming up -
understand how interest rates work? And what's the bottom line
for the big banks? Kochie will get back to basics. And we'll meet the young student
who's become a poster girl - in more ways than one.

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Kochie will be here shortly with a back to basics lesson
on interest rates. And we'll meet
the schoolgirl stealing the show from Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe. First, though,
it's news time with Jess. Good morning. The British Press is calling
for Australia to hold its own media inquiry, following the apparent suicide
of a British nurse involved in a prank phone call made
by two Australian radio announcers. Sydney radio station 2Day FM has
been bombarded with hate messages since Jacintha Saldahna's death and all advertising on the station
has been suspended until Monday. Going as far as they did
into intimate details about medical records, when there's no conceivable
public interest, that's crossing a line. The station's parent company,
Southern Cross Austereo, says it's now concerned for the wellbeing
of the two radio hosts, confirming last night they were
receiving medical treatment.

A Sydney student has been charged
with rape in Scotland. The 16-year-old boy from Sydney's
prestigious King's School returned to Australia a fortnight
ago after he was released on bail. He's been charged with sexually
assaulting another 16-year-old student during an incident on the grounds of
Scotland's Loretto boarding school last month.

Anti-violence campaigners have
slammed Irish singer Brian McFadden after he posted a Tweet criticising women who stay
in abusive relationships. The dumped 'Australia's Got Talent'
judge wrote "Men who hit women are pathetic. "Women who make excuses and stay
with the guy are just as bad." The comment received a backlash
on social media and has been labelled irresponsible by campaigners
against domestic violence. He has since apologised.

A skydiver is recovering in hospital
after a freak mid-air collision which killed another man
in Sydney's south-west. It's believed a man in his 30s
was knocked unconscious - causing him to lose control
of his parachute, before his death. Police are reviewing helmet camera
footage from both divers to determine
exactly what went wrong. Skydiving is not safe.

It's an outdoor adventure activity. It's the second fatal accident
at the site this year.

Firefighters are battling
a large bushfire that's burning out of control
in central Victoria. The blaze - at Seymour about
100 kilometres north of Melbourne - broke out last night. It's estimated to be
covering around 100 hectares.

Airlines are being accused of
price-gouging Australian travellers by charging up to double
for international flights. A flight from Sydney to London costs
$2,800 with Singapore Airlines, but the same flight from London
to Sydney costs $1,000 less. Experts say airlines are charging
Australian customers more because the demand for international
travel is higher here than it is overseas.

as hundreds of thousands of people
turned out to support the organisation's
25th anniversary. A roaring crowd greeted
the Hamas leader, Khaled Mashal, who visited Gaza for the first time
on Friday. The 56-year-old leads Hamas
from Qatar.

Christmas has come early
for the pope the pontiff was presented with
two brand-new popemobiles on Friday. They've been custom made
by Mercedes Benz,

slightly lower than previous models, and now able to run
on unleaded fuel. They'll be added to the Vatican's
fleet of armoured vehicles.

He needs a reindeer antlers on the front of it. He's on Twitter now. He got 300,000 followers in the first day.I wonder if there are many people tweeting in Latin? He'd be the only one, probably, in the world.

tweeting in Latin? He'd be the only
one, probably, in the world. I can't believe it's taken until now to get him on to unleaded fuel.And Twitter.In its going to take him the next 300 years to tweet the entire contents of the Bible.Thou shalt not...

Dave Warner has failed to make
an impact in his highly publicised
Big Bash contest with his former club The Thunder. With his Sixers chasing 144 runs
to win, Warner was caught behind
for a second ball duck. But a key partnership between captain Brad Haddin
and Steve Smith guided the Sixers to victory
with seven wickets to spare. There's a lot of nervous energy
from our guys tonight so we thought we'd get that out on
the field and happy to chase what we had to do. And a stomach bug has put
Ricky Ponting in doubt to line up for the Hobart Hurricanes
against the Brisbane Heat tonight at the Gabba. A couple of tough days watching
golf's obviously taken its toll on the big fella.

Brisbane's John Senden
has regained the lead at the Emirates Australian Open
taking a 2-shot buffer into the final day. England's Justin Rose
is two shots behind while Aussie veterans Peter Senior
and Stuart Appleby are in the hunt along with Adam Scott. Round two leader Marcus Fraser
fell away but this monster eagle putt kept him
in the hunt.. COMMENTATOR: Take a seat. Have a look at this.
Have a look at this! American Tom Watson is out
of contention, blowing out to eight over.

It was a feel-good story
in the A-League overnight with Sudanese-born refugee
Golgol Mebrahtu debuting for the Melbourne Heart
off the bench to score the winning goal
against Perth Glory. Yeah, first of all I want to say
thanks to God because without him
I wouldn't be here. I've been through a lot over
the last couple of years Earlier tempers flared when Heart
coach John Aloisi took exception to a foul from Dean Heffernan with the pair needing
to be separated. And Central Coast Mariners striker
Daniel McBreen has made it nine goals
for the season after his double secured
a 2-0 victory over the Jets.

And the Kookaburras will face
the Netherlands today in the final
of the champions trophy after beating India 3-0
in their semifinal. Australia's goal-scoring machine
Jamie Dwyer bagged a first half double. They'll play for an unprecedented
fifth-straight title. Two Kookaburra stars
Fergus Kavanagh and Simon Orchard are under an injury cloud
for the final.

What a history, five straight. We are on the way to this final in the Netherlands, and the rivalry between the Netherlands and Australia is the stuff of history. This year's Giro should patent Dwyer, the goalscoring machine --

Dwyer, the goalscoring machine --
CSIRO.

CSIRO.Isn't this a great time of year? Its glorious in Manly. Some swimmers are passing us at the moment.You will see the big boss, Jim Warner, out there behind you - that is his swimming club.We are a very fit bunch at Channel 7, aren't we? We need someone to do a marriage on and we would be right for an iron men next. -- marathon - - Iron man. Let's talk about the weather. In the Eastern States we have a trough that is bringing showers and storms. There is a hike in SA that is keeping it fine and dry. In the west areas a deepening trough. There is some fire danger in the west. The Kimberley coastline and the western parts of Queensland. Let's look

Queensland. Let's look at the map.

We will see you back Kieran Manly weather fit people are swimming and the rest of us are sitting on rocks. -- here in.

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Eye you still getting over the
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and now the screen, 'Les Miserables' is generating
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on its big name Aussie stars -

'Les Miserables' is generating
some serious Oscar buzz. Much of the attention has focused
on its big name Aussie stars - Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, but a British schoolgirl deserves
just as much praise. Nina Nannar explains why.

Tonight, Isobel Allen is leaving the choir for up the story in which she stars. Les Miserables is the film version of the stage show that is the world's longest running musical.# I dreamed a dream... # # When hope was high it and life worth living #.10-year-old Isabel was given the role of the main child in the story.Where is the child?And the iconic theatre posters have been changed to use her face.# There is a castle on a cloud #.Isabel was spotted by a director from the show, who suggested she audition.He telephoned my mother and my mother didn't think of it as being much. But then we got to the audition it was quite big.Isobel Allen's life has already changed dramatically. She's already repeating her film role right here in the West End. Tonight, it's her film career she will be focusing on.What a little sweetie.A beautiful voice. And everyone's favourite, and have a way. Would you like to see that together, Beretts?The is any part of it spoken question mark now, it's all song. It's supposed to be amazing. -- spoken? No, it's all spoken....

Ahead this morning - Deborra Lee Furness
on Australia's adoption shame. Why are so many kids
without parents? Also coming up - our exclusive
with Richard and Sam Branson. They want Australia
to re-think its stand on drugs. But next - the bottom line
on interest rates. Kochie explains how they work
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Don't you hate it when you turn
on the news or open the paper and it may as well
be in a different language. The reporter is talking
about a complex subject and assumes we're all experts. In this new semi-regular segment we're going to cut through the
complexity to explain things simply. This week, it's interest rates. The man who knows all
is our finance guru, David Koch. Morning, Kochie. For the sake of this segment, assume we know nothing
about interest rates. In what circumstances does
the Reserve Bank cut interest rates and why?

The Reserve Bank cuts interest rates to stimulate an economy - to get an economy moving.

rates to stimulate an economy - to
get an economy moving. People who borrow, like a home loan, their interest rate on their home loan

interest rate on their home loan comes down as a result, so they get more money coming to them. They are not having to pay as high it a home loan repayment. Extra money comes to them, they go and spend it, that stimulates the economy. The Reserve Bank usually cuts interest rates when the economy is looking a bit sluggish. When it's looking a bit slow. When there is the prospect that people might lose their jobs because unemployment goes up or companies, retailers, they are finding it tough. It's like putting their foot on the accelerator of a car. They would like to speed the economy up.You often hear the finance guru's talking about the relationship between interest rates and inflation. Interest rates and foreign exchange - how do those relationships work?If it might interest rate, by a world standard, is high - you get lots of investors from around the world, like German fund managers and American pension fund managers, they all want to chase the best interest rate return on their money. In America, its official interest rates are about 0%. Nothing. We are up around 3%. So that American pension fund manager will say openwork I would rather 3% on my money then nothing". That pushes the value of old currency up.This week - this is what I don't understand, the Reserve Bank cut the official cash rate to just over 4%. The banks are charging us just over 6%. They very rarely pass on the full cut. Why the difference?OK, the difference is - that official cash rate, around 3% at the moment, is what the banks lend between each other. Like one bank lending to another - they lend each other money all the time and they will end the Reserve Bank money and they also deposit money with the Reserve Bank. The Reserve Bank has said"look, between us, we will pay each other 3%. They are guaranteed to get their money back. When they lend to us, me a mortals, we are a higher risk. -- mortals, we are a higher risk. --... So that rate is the risk premium of lending to ask, rather than the Reserve Bank, where you know you will get your money back. -- lending to us.... The banks say, because it's not secured, that money you borrow on your credit card is not secured against your house, there is more risk - so we need to charge a higher interest rates again.So, or that point - the credit unions charge less than the banks by way of interest rates - does that mean they are not as safe a place to put your money?No, no, no - never think that. They are exactly as safe as a major bank. They are regulated exactly the same as a major bank. The credit unions have lower costs. They don't need to make up for that in premium margins like the Bank do. They don't have as many branches, as many staff.Good on you, Koshie. Don't forget the small business show at 11 o'clock. Napolean Perdis Is on show at 11 o'clock - he is one of the most impressive business people I have ever seen.I am genuinely excited. Thank you, Koshie. Enjoy your Sunday.

Koshie. Enjoy your Sunday.Next week, now floozy in economics from an Adam Smith perspective. -- Malthusian. We're just minutes away
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There is mounting anger in Britain after a nurse involved in a prank
phone call took her own life. The media has hit out at Sydney
radio station 2dayFM for not sacking the presenters. Our UK correspondent Martin Frizell
is in London for us. Describe the feeling there
towards what has happened? There was shock,

There was shock, which has become anger. We haven't seen Sunday morning's papers yet. This is Saturday's paper.

morning's papers yet. This is Saturday's paper. The first chance Fleet Street had to report on the story. It is on every front page. That is the Daily Mail. There is a picture of mothers are -- Melanie Greig. Before she knew of the consequences, she said it was a career highlight for her. There is about six pages in this story. They are reporting on the social media. The Daily Mirror, another big paper - it on the front page. Inside they are reporting what the social media world is saying. Again - it's incredibly serious. I can't help but think that when Sunday's papers hit the streets we will get more. Not just on Jay-Z's family, who are coming out to the UK and talking about her -- the nurse's family. There will be a coroner's inquest and I can tell you that Scotland Yard have asked for assistance from the News of Wales police to go through some evidence for the coroner. That's procedural. And it sounds dramatic, but its procedural. The coroner will need to know what was said, who said what and when, and speak to the station's bosses about who passed this and did they know what they were doing?

about who passed this and did they
know what they were doing?-- it's incredibly disappointing that the response has not be more thoughtful. "we will kill you both". Is that helpful?The Samaritans have made it quite clear that people who commit suicide - and we don't know for a fact that she did that - The Samaritans are saying that when people are driven to such an extreme it's usually not just one thing that has done it, it's a whole concoction of things that they are concerned and worried about. I would be very worried if it was just one thing that tip someone over the edge.And the head of Beyond Blue in Australia has said much the same thing. He says that we should feel a lot of sympathies for the DJs who could not have foreseen this happening. Let's move on to the Jimmy Saville investigation, there have been more high-profile arrests during the week, including Simon Cowell's publicist.This is Max Clifford. The memo could rise to keep his clients are of the press. He has been trying to keep himself out of the press, which is hard, because he is the latest in a line of celebrities and high-profile people would have been questioned by police relating to Jimmy Saville's sexual offences. A few weeks ago we were reporting about a man in his 80s he was also questioned. Max Clifford was questioned for 12 hours at a London police station. He says he is totally innocent. He also says he is bald and ugly enough to handle this himself. -- old.These allegations are damaging and totally untrue. On a personal level, they are very distressing for myself, my wife, family and loved ones. Anyone who really knew me all those years ago, and those who have known me since, will have no doubt that I would never act in the way that I have been accused. Responding to allegations of child sexual abuse, or rather, making a statement to media. Thank you for that this morning. Great to talk as always. In a moment -
smashing the cycle of alcohol. Police tell us about their weekend
operation across Australia. And we'll go on a remarkable tour
inside Amazon. First, though,
it's news time with Jess. Good morning. Police across the country
have spent another night

In Sydney, almost 300 people
were arrested.

And dozens were involved
in one brawl that left several people injured. It's the dead of night in Sydney's
most notorious nightclub district but the scene is anything but quiet.

Police and the Riot Squad
are called to I seen one of the guys push
a girl clean straight over then they just all started
throwing punches. It's one of many.

(SIRENS WAIL) Sydney police arrested
almost 300 people across the city on the second and final night
of Operation Unite. Assault and affray
were among the charges as well as resisting police.

It's a sight which has become all
too familiar to partygoers. Hey, this is the Cross.

We will look at this issue after the news with the discussion on Operation Unite. There's mounting pressure on 2Day FM to sack the two radio hosts involved
in the royal prank call scandal.

A woman has died in a horror
in Sydney's north. Three people were in the car when it
slammed into a tree at Terry Hills just after 6:00 this morning. Two men had to be cut
from the wreckage. One has been taken to hospital while the other is still being
treated on scene. Their conditions are not known. A former diplomat wants the government's royal commission
into child sexual abuse to include an investigation into
the Department of Foreign Affairs. The man claims
DFAT's South-East Asia division was involved in paedophilia
cover-ups 30 years ago. He says the department arranged
for a fellow diplomat -

who was known by locals
to be a paedophile - to gain safe passage
out of Indonesia. William Stuart Brown later hanged
himself in a Bali jail after being convicted and jailed
for sex offences against boys.

Police are reviewing
helmet camera footage after a deadly skydiving accident
in Sydney's south-west. It's believed a man in his 30s
was knocked unconscious in a mid-air collision
with another skydiver and lost control of his parachute. He died but the other diver landed
safely with only minor injuries. Former South African president
Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital
for a series of medical tests. The anti-apartheid leader
is 94 years old and his frail health prevents him
from making public appearances. But a government statement says
there's no cause for alarm. Current president Jacob Zuma says Mandela undergoes medical treatment
from time to time that is consistent with his age. Paramedics have managed
to revive an elderly woman who was pulled unconscious
from a burning home in Melbourne's south-east. Neighbours went to her aid
after smelling smoke. I grabbed the hose and my dad try
to call the person next door. The woman was taken to hospital
in a serious but stable condition. Liberal Party candidates
are being gagged on social media. Fairfax newspapers claim
pre-selected candidates have been told to consider
closing their Twitter accounts and to avoid making any comments
on social media on behalf of the Liberal Party, to avoid any scandals in the lead-up
to next year's federal election. Clashes have broke out
in the Irish city of Belfast following a protest outside
Belfast City Hall over a decision to stop flying
the union flag every day. One police officer
was taken to hospital after being injured in the clashes. US coffee chain Starbucks
has been hit by protesters over revelations the company hasn't
paid corporate tax in Britain for the past three years. There have been more than 40
demonstrations against the company across the country. Protesters say
the tax loopholes should be closed. The US-owned giant says it expects to pay around $31 million
in UK corporation tax over the next two years. Prince William has made
his first official public appearance since news broke
of his wife's pregnancy. The Duke of Cambridge attended
the Winter Whites Gala at London's Royal Albert Hall
without his wife, Kate, who is resting at home after spending time in hospital suffering from acute morning
sickness. The father-to-be cracked a joke
about his wife's condition, saying it should be called
"all day and all night sickness". And drivers on a Chinese highway
were startled by an enormous flock of ducks
charging down the side of the road. Several duck herders used large
sticks to keep the birds in line but many still ran wild,
distracting drivers.

And that would be quite take traffic jam for stump they were heading them towards a massive Rovers -- massive reservoir of plum sauce. They often heard them down the major highways.In India you live down a major highway and there will be a cow.They are sacred.But not a doctor in China. -- a duck. The Perth Scorchers will be aiming to put their now infamous South
African champions league campaign behind them when they take on the Adelaide
Strikers tonight at the WACA. Last night the Sydney Sixers kicked off their
Big Bash title defence in style with a comfortable 7-wicket win
over the Sydney Thunder at the SCG. COMMENTATOR: Oh, bowled him. Straight through, full toss. And England needs only one wicket on the final day of their third test
with host nation India Stuart Appleby has swung his way
back into contention for an Emirates Australian Open
victory. The 41-year-old trails leader
John Senden by four shots at 3 under coming into the last day
at the Lakes in Sydney. Adam Scott believes a final round 65 will confirm
his second Stonehaven Cup. He began yesterday
with two birdies. COMMENTATOR: What a way to start
for Adam Scott. But as the wind picked up,
Scott settled with a 2 under.

A fired-up John Aloisi has praised
his Melbourne Heart players for refusing to be bullied
by the Perth Glory following Heart's 1-0 win
in the A-League. Meanwhile,
the Central Coast Mariners have returned
to the top of the table after a Daniel McBreen double
ensured a 2-0 victory over the Newcastle Jets. Credit to the guys. They keep putting the chances there
for me so it makes it a lot easier
to score. And a first half double
from Fernando Torres has helped Chelsea to a 3-1 victory
over Sunderland in the EPL - their first win in eight matches.

And Australia's sailors have
dominated the opening round of the World Cup
just off Melbourne, winning seven of the eight gold
medals up for grabs. In only their maiden regatta
together, Matthew Belcher and Will Ryan
created history - becoming the first 470 crew to win
every race in a world cup round with 10 consecutive victories.

it's a nice way to finish it off. It caps off a remarkable year
for Belcher who won gold in London.

And the Sydney Kings have produced
a season-best performance to blow away reigning NBL champions
the New Zealand Breakers 75-62.

It was a sell-out crowd as well. Massive of. Now to JT and today's weather.

It is a spectacular morning. Yes, blue skies, a bit of swell and just a magnificent morning in Manly. Get up and enjoy it now because there is a cool change coming through NSW, Victoria and Tasmania. Cloudy days could be coming out. In SA there is a higher over the bight keeping things cleared. In WA, showers and thunderstorms are likely. There is a fire warning in WA, in the Kimberley coast wine region and also in

It is a great time of year. Some are is here, holidays are about to start. We had Adam Scott and the birdies in sport so if I can find a penguin in whether we have got the try factor after of the ducks. -- try -- trifector.We would be happy with any aquatic animal. Even as the goal. -- sea gull.What about Tim Worner? In his budgie smugglers. This weekend has seen
police around the country join forces
against alcohol-related violence. Operation Unite
is an annual crackdown aimed at getting real results. But will it help break
this booze-fuelled cycle? Michael Thorn is from the Foundation
for Alcohol Research and Education and Deputy Commissioner Nick Kaldas
joins us from the Sydney Police Centre. Thank you both for your time.

We saw some pictures in the news a couple of minutes ago, horrendous pictures of fighting in the street. How successful, I guess, was last night?We arrested 275 people, 480 charges laid. The numbers are up on last year. This is an annual effort and we try to do with across the nation so we get some consistency and message out to the public about our concerns about alcohol-fuelled violence. The numbers are up on last year. The disappointing parties there are still 275 people who did enough, got drunk enough to get themselves arrested and get into strife. That is disappointing. Has there been any improvement?No, overall it is quite stable. The few areas where we would call offensive affray occurred. In the Northern Beaches people got into a brawl and police had to intervene.Michael, most of the brawls, all of them would not happen if they were not fuelled by alcohol.There are two things. What happened over the weekend in terms of the arrests was entirely predictable. We can say with a fair degree of certainty that there is going to be someone who is going to get arrested and in fact hundreds do. The most important thing is we have got to go to the heart of the problem and it is alcohol and its availability. We have got the news selling alcohol, they trade until the early hours of the morning. -- venues. And the fact that it is pretty cheap, generally speaking, people come into the night spots having pre-loaded because it is expensive to buy in many of the outlets and we are asking for trouble. It seems we need to recognise that alcohol is the problem. It is not about individuals responsibility. The liquor industry talks about individual responsibility and government does that as well but the fact is, this is what we get every time we run these Operation Unites.What is the difference between the people who go out and have a good time and may get thoroughly done and do not fight and those that do? What is the difference? Pre-loading is one thing you talk about. Is it ain't? What separates those who have a good time from those who built someone? -- belt?Saturation is an issue, the night spots are saturated. Think about the person who is the recipient of violence. It doesn't just happen in night spots, it happens in homes as well. We need to be realistic about what the practical way of stopping that ears and if we can cut down on the availability of alcohol, get people to drink less you will reduce the problems. To think you can somehow switch off the violent instinct in some people whoever they are, it is just ridiculous.Once Operation Unite is finished, what can police do? People will drink a lot at this time of the year. Christmas parties. What is going to be done to try to reduce the number of violent incidents has?I do not disagree Michael but what I would say it is the issue of personal responsibility is still significant. The message we try to get to people is, you have to have a plan. The car three to other. Have a plan to get home. Envisage how much you will drink. Recognise that if you do get so drunk that you play up badly, it could have long-term ramifications for York employability, the family. Over Christmas we have a series of operations. We are certainly gearing up, preparing for the night we expect to come up with the real large numbers drawn into the city and suburban areas.And similar operations all around Australia, I would imagine. Thank you so much for your time this morning and your thoughts on that. Plenty to think about. You do not step out with a plan, it is true.I do, as a girl. It worries me in those pictures how many girls are getting involved in fights, getting so drunk that they don't know how they are getting home, that is frightening particularly.What does your plan involve? How you get home, how much you drink?I would certainly, if I was worried about getting home I would book a car that sounds extravagant but you do not want to be unable to get a taxi. later in the show,
Sam and Richard Branson. They'll be here at 9am
to make their case for legalisation. Also this morning -
the heavenly voice of Julia Stone. She's here to perform her
new single live. But next -
Santa, eat your heart out - an eye-opening view inside Amazon.

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an exotic location or a fierce female warrior.

Have you been doing some research?! They used to remove one breast so they could draw a ball across their chest. -- a bow. But for most people now, it means
just one thing - online shopping. The retail juggernaut
is something of a giant itself. Harry Smith went inside Amazon and
found it is big with a capital 'B'.

Do not tell the little ones but Santa is outsourcing. Christmas has gotten so big with the poll icecaps

gotten so big with the poll icecaps
melting and much of the work is now done in Arizona. The people you see look suspiciously like people they are holes, equipped not with tiny hammers and soars but with by scanners. -- they are elfs. This is a fulfilment centre. This is where people get what they want or if you prefer, had their dreams fulfilled. All of this product and movement, it is people's future Christmas presents.He showed us around what is the size of 28 Football fields. This is just mind-numbing.This is half of the building and there are three floors of this.Miles of miles of stuff. 1.2 million squares of feet shelved in no discernible order. This is not like a library. Things stick to where they fit. Humans are good at deciding what space something fits in. It fits perfectly, this.This is crazy. Made all the more complicated by the fact that Amazon tries to stop giving they can get their hands on. Variety bordering on the infant. Is the goal of

Variety bordering on the infant. Is the goal of Amazon to carry at least one of everything?To carry the biggest selection of everything anybody wants.Santa has got nothing on you.We like to think we help Santa.And they do. This is what you said you wanted this week. these video games. Probably not for the same people. Nor is isolating here phones and these book. And how to find these things? Barcodes, scanners, algorithms. A needle can be picked from a haystack with this woman as your guide. She hunts and gathers and the barcodes tell you where everything will end up. Even what size box the order will go in. In order to finish the job it takes human beings to rapid?It does. Holidays are about gifts. You know a machine wrapped gift from a human wrapped gift.This is how they are loaded things up, the barcode readers the box and it gets automatically shoved into the white Shumeet which takes it to the right track and the right aeroplane. That is if you order on time. D have rain gear? -- reindeer?Only for people who are really late, who really need help.But do not push your luck.

really need help.But do not push
your luck. That is amazing. If you could order something Amazonian like a bowler constrictor, we do get one?You can get a toy. Ahead this morning -
actress Deborra-Lee Furness. She'll help us work out why adoption
is so difficult. Speaking of big names - don't miss our interview
with Richard and Sam Branson. They want Australia to legalise
and regulate drugs. They'll make their case. But next - can you work out
what happened here? The answer is right after this.

This week our friends at Accor
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many kids without parents. The truth about adoption. But first, it's news time with Jess. Good morning.

The Australian radio industry
is facing intense scrutiny following the tragic suicide
of nurse Jacintha Saldahna. The British hospital
where she worked has written a scathing letter to 2Day FM's parent company,
Southern Cross Austereo, saying: "it was extremely foolish
of your presenters

There's now talk the radio hosts
who made the call, and the radio station,
could be prosecuted. The station's management says they're concerned
for the welfare of the presenters, with both receiving medical
treatment last night.

Meanwhile, Prince William has made
his first official public appearance The Duke of Cambridge attended
the Winter Whites Gala at London's Royal Albert Hall
without his wife, Kate, who is resting at home after spending time in hospital suffering from acute
morning sickness. But he made no comment
about the tragedy.

A woman has died and two men
are being treated for injuries after a horror smash
in Sydney's north. Their car slammed into a tree
at Terry Hills just after 6:00 this morning. Two men had to be cut
from the wreckage. They've been airlifted to hospital. Brian McFadden has apologised
after posting a Tweet condemning women who stay
in abusive relationships. The dumped 'Australia's got Talent'
judge Tweeted

The Tweet has been labelled
irresponsible by campaigners against
domestic violence.

Public schools in New South Wales are ditching skirts and tunics
for girls uniforms and replacing them
with unisex shorts as part of an overhaul
of traditional school uniforms. The Education Department says the change will enable girls to play
more freely in the playground. But Catholic and private schools say they'll stick
with traditional dresses and skirts.

Updating sport and the Sydney Sixers have thumped
the Thunder by seven wickets in the Big Bash cross-town derby. Usman Khawaja belted a quick fire 19
for the Thunder before he was trapped lbw
by Mitchell Starc. The Sixers comfortably reaching
the set total of 144 with seven wickets to spare. Veteran Queensland golfer
John Senden has overcome a windy third round
to hold a precious 2-shot lead coming into the final day
of the Australian Open. England's Justin Rose
is outright second at 5 under while Adam Scott remains
a chance at 2 under. A Daniel McBreen double ensured
the Central Coast Mariners reclaimed top spot
on the A-League ladder following a 2-0 win
over the Newcastle Jets. While tempers flared in the match-up
between the Melbourne Heart and Perth Glory

with Heart coach John Aloisi
taking exception to a foul from Dean Heffernan. A late goal ensured
Aloisi had the last laugh. The Kookaburras will face
the Netherlands in today's final
of the Champions Trophy after beating India 3-0
in their semifinal. Australia is chasing
an unprecedented fifth straight win. And the hotly anticipated season
ending Hawaii Pipeline has just got underway for the world championship, shortly.

Brisbane,
a few showers. Sydney,
scattered showers. Canberra,
a few showers. Melbourne,
a morning shower. Hobart,
partly cloudy. Adelaide,
24 and fine. Perth, chance
of a storm. A late storm
for Darwin.

We have caused controversy this morning, controversy in that Tim Warner swims with the Manly Club. He was out there this morning, but he was not in pink, he was in blue. Andrew, I think it was you who said he was a pink cap, which has caused a kerfuffle down here. But Andrew has insulted the CEO. I don't think it's the colour that's the concern, I think it's the group that puts you in, if that makes sense.I see. I think his head was going pink with all the exertion.Perhaps. I will leave you with that.Who knew he was so sensitive about the colour of his hat.Let's leave that one alone. Hay net, Pinkie.

Shot of the week time now. Photograph by Li Xin from December's 'National
Geographic', December 2012. One summer evening Li was snapping
shots of clouds from his Beijing rooftop when lightning lit up this towering
thunderhead. The effect, says
the 31-year-old photojournalist, It looks like a

It looks like a piece of electrical Stringer.Or tinsel. Maybe Santa Claus is in there.That's right, that is Santa Claus's cloud. That his garage door. A beautiful shot. It pays to take photographs of clouds from your balcony.It pays to Stan and your rooftop during thunderstorms. Now let me just tell you not to stand on your rooftop during a thunderstorm. You might end up here. Ahead this hour - the year that was
in the world of celebrity. Radio Gaga's top meltdowns
and comebacks. But straight ahead - why are there
so many Aussie kids without parents? An honest look at adoption,
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We came across some figures
during the week that we struggled to understand. Across the last financial year, there were more than 25,000
Australian children who had been in foster care
for over two years.

In that same year, there were just
49 adoptions of children in care. So why the low adoption rates
and what can we do to fix it? We're joined in the studio
by Lynne Moggagh from Barnardos'
Find a Family Program and in New York, we have the actress
Deborra-Lee Furness, who has two adopted children
with her husband, Hugh Jackman. Good morning to you both. Lynne, now those numbers
were quite astonishing. Of course, not every child
is right for adoption but how many kids here in Australia
need a family but can't have one? There are literally thousands, both in NSW

in NSW and throughout Australia. They come into care through the children's court because of abuse and neglect and it is not safe for them to stay at home, so they come into care. They can move 4-6 or up to eight times. We have a 5-year- old who has had nine placements and he is only five.Will the average is eight placement, for each child, isn't it? And foster parents - there are so many thousands of fantastic foster-parents, there are angels. What stops the transition from being a foster parent to an adoptive parent?Its wide ranging. It's within legislation, is within the child welfare system. There's also an attitude that children in foster care can't be adopted. I think people don't come forward and look at adoption from foster care. It's not something there is a great awareness about. I think that's why Deborah Lee national adoption awareness Week is a great opportunity to bring that out and to get people considering adoption and the different pathway is for families. Deborra-Lee, we'll talk about
the international situation in a moment. But can you explain the importance
of a child who has no permanent family
being adopted?

Can you imagine if you didn't know - can you hear me? OK. Can you imagine if he didn't know, ongoing, that you didn't have someone there watching your back. These children that move from foster care to foster care and don't have that permanency, they don't have that one person who thinks they are precious. They are going to have issues. Self-esteem issues. This is what helps us develop an be productive human beings and giving back to the community. I keep saying this - it is so important and these children, for what I can see, it's been in the best interests of the parents - but I think it should be in the best interests of the child as to what happens. We can't wait for mum to get off crack sometimes because this child - every day there in foster care or institutionalised, it will affect them.One would imagine, you talk about mum or dad may be having an addiction problem, for example, which is one reason why a child might be removed - that might be a barrier to adoption, that the parents don't want these are the people involved in their lives. Is there something that you encounter?I don't work on the front line. This is a very complicated issue, but hopefully there are skilled experts like the people from Barnardo's and the people that work from the government, they have to assess what the situation is and make an intelligent call. These kids are hoping that we grown-ups make the best call for them. These are professionals. That's why there is so much Cross Country adoption because people are not aware they can adopt kids' tour in Australia. Why did you choose to adopt international a rather than locally?Because I was in a position that I could adopt out of the United States - I looked at it in Australia, and you know what? It's so hard and so complicated, there were so many barriers. Frankly, when I went to the meeting they had, it was so negative that I didn't want to have any part of it. I know of families who have been going through this for years and they still no closer to adopting. I come from the attitude - we need to do this as expedient as possible because these kids, this is messing about children. This is their life we're talking about.Well said. There must be more than 49 families out there who want to adopt. There are so many good people out there who could offer a good home. What needs to be done to rectify the situation?I think the minister has just released her discussion paper and I think she has really got a commitment to making adoption happen for more children. I think there need to be legislative changes. Changes in attitude within community services. We're getting very young children who come through the children's court and the courts are making a plan for long-term foster care until they're 18. Children need to have a parent, they need a family.Very quickly - Deborah has said that the interests of the child are primary or paramount. Why is it that when people Foster, that the children tend to get moved on so much? Most foster-parents take on many foster children. Why do they get moved around so much? Why can't they just stay with one family?Some children do, but people come into fostering for many reasons. The children were being placed have got complicated needs. Sometimes it just becomes too hard. Sometimes people's circumstances change. Adolescence is a great time when children move. But children who are adopted, they are that person's child. They deal with it as any other family would. Interesting.Deborah, this isn't just an Australian issue, it's a worldwide problem?It is a worldwide problem, and I keep on saying the way we can do this is to make kids the priority. We need to get our leaders and politicians and everyone in the community stepping up to say "have we do this better?" let's have the smart people who devise methodologies work out how to do it, but we need to prioritise first. Everyone can write to their local member and saying "what you think about adoption? What is your stance on it?" not to suggest that the majority of orphaned children are messed up or have a hopeless future, but 100 million kids worldwide are currently orphaned. That's a massive problem we are creating for the world. We need to be addressing that. Thank you, dear brother, thank you, Lynn. -- Deborah. Richard and Sam Branson
make the case for major change before you pass judgment. But next -
the meltdowns and comebacks.. 2012 in the world of celebrity.
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As 2012 draws to a close
we thought we'd use Radio Gaga today And specifically -
meltdowns and comebacks. Let's bring in Melissa Hoyer
and Jackie Frank. Melissa, let's start at the bottom. Which stars had the biggest meltdown
this year?

There were few, Linzi Low Ham is the one that sticks out for me. -- Lindsay Lohan. Go she drove her Porsche and it bumped into someone. She sped off afterwards. She then was found unconscious in a hotel room the earlier in the year, that was due to "exhaustion". There have been a lot of things. We thought she was coming into her own, but there has been a continual spiral of meltd