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(generated from captions) Sydney is set to see
more showers tonight with the heaviest falls around
the northern beaches through to Frenchs Forrest but wet weather won't stick
around for too long, with the sun set to return
later this week. It was cloudy
across the city with a touch of drizzle. A top of 21 today.

The drizzle didn't get too heavy
across the suburbs. We saw better falls across
the northern suburbs overnight. Terry Hills picked up 7mm, Gosford got 23mm. Today the thick cloud kept
temperatures pretty low for this time of year. On the satellite the cloud along the coast
is from a small trough that has whipped up a wet day
for a lot of the north coast. The heaviest falls there
were overnight. Tomorrow, a high will start to wind
back the wet weather and bring hot weather
to South Australia and Victoria. Warm for Melbourne
and Adelaide. for Perth
and Broome. On the water we may see
a storm offshore tomorrow morning. The city should start to see a few
bouts of sunshine throughout the day which will help push
the mercury up to 24 degrees which is still a couple of degrees
below average.

It will be a fraction warmer
in the west.

Things should warm up this week. Friday will be fine. A pretty warm start to the weekend.

That's Seven News for this Tuesday. Next on 'Today Tonight' - a family's heartbreaking campaign after a young woman's
texting while driving death.

Tonight - a heartfelt plea from parents
suffering an agonising loss. She was my soul mate,
we were the same person. The text message they want
all Australians to hear. Plus, the man fired
for eating fast food. I was sacked
because I bought a Big Mac. And the ice cream tests -
what you're really paying for. Good evening. I'm Kylie Gillies. Thanks for your company
on Today Tonight. First, the parents turning
terrible personal pain into a campaign to warn people that texting
while driving does kill. They lost their 20-year-old
daughter just a week ago. Their anguish is still raw, but they say their message
is more important. Tineka Everaardt reports. Next time your child's asleep, go and stand by their bed... ..close your eyes and imagine
that they're not there... ..and try and imagine
that every time you open your eyes, they'll never be there.

The all-consuming pain
of parents who have lost a child. She was my soul mate -
we were the same person pretty much. Mick and Vicki Richardson light up when they talk about
their daughter, Brooke. She's got a sense of humour
like her dad. She loved to help people. And the 20-year-old
found a way to do that - working as a hairdresser, she came across a young girl
with leukaemia. So, Brooke asked her, "Would you like it
if I looked like you?", and the little girl said,
"Oh, yeah!", so Brooke said, "Oh, OK." So, Brooke sat in the chair and the little girl got the clippers
and she shaved Brooke's head. "Was" - past tense - not how any parent wants
to talk about a child. in a car crash
that should never have happened. The 20-year-old was texting
as she drove. Her father was told at work. They told me there'd been
a single-car accident and there was a fatality... ..and it was Brooke. Mick is a police officer - before that, a member
of a volunteer rescue squad. He's seen many car accidents and thought about the impact
on the families involved. Now, sadly, he's experiencing it
firsthand. How did you feel when you found out
it was because of texting? Anger, I just felt...

I just...I felt in a rage. One of the things
I always try to drive home to Brooke and my other two boys is, "You gotta be so careful
in your car, so careful," and I just felt like maybe
I didn't get that message across. Brooke's car veered off the road
and into a tree. Coming here is heartbreaking, but it's a big part
of the family's grieving process. I just felt like I needed
to be here and touch where she was, that last place. And I don't know
what I thought I was gonna find, but I kept looking on the ground to find something
that showed me that she was here. It'll be a place we come back to
and remember 'cause this is where
her spirit left. Inspector David Ryan is angered
and frustrated by Brooke's death and the rise he's seeing
in accidents caused by drivers
not concentrating on the road. It was actually the third fatal
we'd had in the area in three days. Distraction is
the greatest telltale in each of those collisions. It is a cause of 22%
of all car crashes and 71% of truck accidents according to Queensland's Centre for Accident Research
and Road Safety. At the moment, I'm not sure
that our level of enforcement is actually having
the desired impact. Police know that texting behind
the wheel can be as dangerous
as drink-driving, but their message
just isn't getting through. That's why Brooke's parents
are starting a campaign We're starting a little bit
of a foundation for Brooke to get an awareness out there. If we can stop one other family
from going through this pain, that's...we've done it. Brooke passed away just last week. This is very courageous
of you to come forward. How did you do it? I think she has a bit
to do with this too. She orchestrates some things
around here, and I think, yeah,
she wants this to happen, so... She's watching you. Yeah, definitely.

We can only hope every driver
takes note of the pain the Richardson family
is going through. If you want to know more about their
campaign head to our website, Now, to the bizarre
story of Big Jack - a man who lost his job for
taking a detour on the way home to go through
a McDonald's drive-through. David Richardson reports on a workplace dispute
that's hard to swallow. Yes, can I have a medium-sized
Big Mac Meal, please?

A fast-food drive-through
for a hungry worker that will ultimately lead
to a fast dismissal. This man claims just buying a burger
cost him his dream job. I was sacked
because I bought a Big Mac. You're kidding. Mm. Because you bought a Big Mac? That's exactly right. Jack Hoffman is an electronic
technician with the CSIRO. He's worked for the premier
science organisation for 10 years. For the past three he's been involved
in space exploration at the CSIRO's
Deep Space Communications Complex south of Canberra, working with NASA
on cutting-edge space projects. I was directly involved in
the missions to planets, like Mars, missions to Jupiter
and other planets, so I felt I was actually doing
something important and very valuable for humanity. Because the site
is 25km from Canberra, NASA provides a fleet
of pool vehicles for workers to drive home and back, but there are strict rules. We're not supposed to use the cars
privately. They accused me
of using a car privately. By taking off the road
and going through a drive-through? That's exactly right. In May this year,
not having eaten all day, when he pulled into a McDonald's
near his house. You've deviated technically what,
50m, max? Well, 50m maximum, yes. And, for that,
you reckon you were gone? I was gone for that. Had I not done that,
I would still be working there. Jack claims he was spotted
by three colleagues, dobbed in and stood down. He was reinstated but humiliated and sick of what he calls
a toxic workplace he resigned in disgust. How has this left you? Absolutely devastated. The enormity of it
is too much to deal with. I'm behind in my mortgage.
I can't pay my mortgage. The CSIRO employees
more than 6,500 people in 50 sites
across the country and overseas. But the science body,
as a workplace, has come under the microscope
in the past. Criticised as a place where
bullying and harassment are rife. Jack Hoffman claims he's a victim
because he complained. Do you think they used the Big Mac
as an excuse just to get rid of you? Definitely. Because you had made a complaint
about the culture inside? That's exactly right. Nobody in the CSIRO
would be forced to resign for stopping for a bite to eat. Dr Megan Clark
is the chief executive of the CSIRO. She wouldn't discuss
the Jack Hoffman case in detail but is working
to clean up the image of the CSIRO. Bullying and harassment
is unacceptable in CSIRO. It is not condoned.
It's not tolerated. But, in a review, the federal workplace safety agency
COMCARE found major flaws in the way the
organisation deals with complaints about bullying and harassment. Dr Clark says the CSIRO is responding
to these adverse findings. I'm passionate about values
in the workplace. And ever since day one, I've been working with everyone
in the CSIRO to build
the sort of healthy environment where we go home, not just safely, but with a sense of pride
and satisfaction. to Fair Work Australia. If agreement isn't reached
by Friday, it could end up in court but Jack's dream job in space
exploration could be over for good. What do you want to see happen? I want to see people
being treated fairly, not to have these trumped-up charges
used against people. It was supposed to be the trip
of a lifetime for a group
of champion Aussie cheerleaders, the chance to take on the Americans
at their own sport on their home turf. Instead, it's turned into heartache as the travel agent organising
the tour took off with their cash. Damien Hansen has more.

How much money in total
have you taken and where is it? It's a very simple question, madam,
very simple question. Meet Edith Winter, otherwise known
as 'Edie Burgess' or 'Edie Nichols'. Mrs Nichols, Mrs Winter,
Mrs Burgess, you can clearly understand
these people are upset. The Zoo Allstars
are an elite cheerleading squad, seen here wowing the judges
on 'Australia's Got Talent'. That was just brilliant! I feel energised and happy now. But many of them are now feeling
deflated and ripped off after falling victim to a woman
they're calling 'Fast Edie', an unregistered travel agent who took close to $100,000
from unsuspecting cheerleaders for a trip to the United States
that never happened. With total with costumes
and everything, it was $3,695. That was how much Ashley Dent paid Edie Burgess's US-based company,
ADU Travel Pty Ltd, for the chance to compete
against the best in the world. When we got the phone call
it wasn't going to happen, my bags were already packed, so that was probably
the worst thing. so that was probably
the worst thing, unpacking my bags. The excuse - ADU Travel's bank accounts
had been hacked, the money vanished. Jane Dent is Ashley's mum. It is not just the kids
who have lost the money - it's all the families were going
for a trip of a lifetime. We were told we were going to
receive our money within 60 days. Jessica Westerman did eventually
receive a part refund but says dozens of cheerleaders
haven't. I'm absolutely gutted
that this all happened. It was my first trip overseas. I got my passport ready,
I traded money over, only to be told
it wasn't going to happen. We made some phone calls on our own,
calling America, you know? Jessica's father, Darren Westerman. Everyone thought
they were a reputable company, and for it to happen
the way it did - it is three days before
they are due to go on their trip, they get told the trip's off. Queensland Fair Trading commissioner
David Ford, who's investigating complaints against of ADU Travel
and ADU Unlimited, and issued this warning.

Edie will face court again
in December, where she's expected to face
11 counts of fraud. Until then, her alleged victims
are all but writing off their money and their chance to travel, leaving them with very little
to cheer about. There are kids here.
Would you like to talk to them? What about the trip?
Tell me where the money is. She has really messed with
the wrong group this time because she is not
getting away with it this time. This is all just an elaborate ruse
so you can take money. How do you do it? It is a simple question, madam.
Answer the questions and we go away. Damien Hansen reporting. In fairness, we need to point out there is a business
called ADU Holidays which is in no way connected
to Edith Burgess' businesses ADU Travel and ADU Unlimited. Now, to the ice-cream tests that show the summer favourite
is not always what it appears. Often the flavours
are false creations made from chemicals
and there's nothing natural in them, except a whole lot of air. Ice-creams can contain
a whole cocktail of food additives. 18 litres per head a year -
Australians so love their ice-cream. One scoop is never quite big enough. But food scientist Gary Kennedy says
many mass produced varieties can be from 1,400 different additives far removed from nature. Just wait till you hear
what they are. And, coming up,
our tests reveal how much you pay simply for air
mixed into ice-creams - up to 40% in certain brands. Ice-cream in a supermarket
is made by a scientist. It's made to a formula
and it is produced in a factory. Vanilla ice-cream's
traditional ingredients are cream, eggs, sugar, gelatine,
vanilla bean. And that's what some
specialty ice-cream makers, like Sarah Mandelson of Serendipity, stick to. Our caramel comes from our kitchen. It's burnt sugar, salt
and a little bit of cream. And that's it. But, for mass consumption, some ice-creams and iceblocks
contain preservatives potentially dangerous for some and most have a raft of numbers,
artificial flavours and colours. Emulsifiers, stabilisers,
humectants - they will contain
artificial flavours, artificial colours. There will be ingredients
with numbers, long names. You will find maltodextrin,
xanthan gum. Manufacturers don't have to state whether colours and flavours
are natural or not and from where they've come. However, they do say
it is all transparent and that all ingredients
are clearly market on the labels. If you are looking
on any ice-cream label and it says "flavour", you have no idea or out of a fruit. In fact, it could have come
out of anything at all. It could have come out of coal
or petroleum. True. Almost all artificial colours
and flavours come from coal tar. Artificial banana flavouring
is a chemical called amyl butyrate, also used in paint solvent. If they say "banana flavour",
it may never have seen a banana. Artificial vanilla flavour, as opposed to natural vanilla
from pureed vanilla beans or vanilla extract, is from piperonal used to kill lice
or vanillin from wood pulp waste. Nut flavour is butraldehyde,
an ingredient in rubber cement. Strawberry flavour
is benzyl acetate, a nitrate solvent which can cause vomiting
and diarrhoea. Cochineal is made
from the backs of beetles. Annatto is made
from a pod of a plant that is not grown in Australia. Beet red is an extract
of beetroot juice. All natural.
It's on the tub, all natural. If the label states "natural",
it must be from nature. But when it just states "flavour". It is almost probable

that none of those flavours
are natural or else this would say "natural"
on it. So, it's likely that chocolate flavour,
vanilla flavour, strawberry flavour, they have never been anywhere
near cocoa, a vanilla pod, or a strawberry. To be called ice-cream,
a product does need to have 10% fat. Sharon Natoli, dietician
of Food & Nutrition Australia, says the amount of cream or milk fat
can vary from 10%, to very creamy 50%, with saturated fat up to 10%
in rich, creamy ice-creams. But, generally,
the more fat, the less sugar. Weight Watchers ice-cream
has the most sugar. A high sugar ice-cream would be 20%
or over. So, look for ice-creams under 20%. And how much ice-cream do you get
for your money? We did the melt test for these 2-litre tubs
and this 1-litre one. When they melt, a froth forms
on the top like a meringue so we have to sieve the contents
and measure what we have left. Connoisseur shrank the least - 40ml. Coles and Streets lost 200ml. Peters and ALDI's Monarc - 250ml. Woolworths - 300ml. Bulla Lite - 400ml. Cadbury Creamy Vanilla
lost the most - 750ml. Just 1.2 litres left
from a 2-litre tub. If it has been whipped,
it may contain 50% or great of air. So, effectively, you are paying
ice-cream price for air. But manufacturers say whipped-in air gives the smooth,
creamy texture that people love. Helen Wellings reporting. We'll take a break. When we come back - A movie great intimidated
in her latest role. Great, great actor. It's always a bit nerve-wracking
and intimidating. It had been of a dream of mine
to work with him. Which leading man
makes Dame Helen Mirren nervous? Find out after the break.


Welcome back. She is one of the
great screen actresses not just of our time
but of all time. And if it's possible, Dame Helen Mirren's reputation
is about be even further enhanced playing the part of Alma, the wife of legendary film director
Alfred Hitchcock. James Thomas reports even the Grand Dame was nervous
playing opposite the man who stars as Hitch.

Tell me, my dear,
do you think I'm too old? Yes, you're a true relic. It's one of Hollywood's
untold love stories. You may not be the easiest man
to live with, but you do know how to cut a picture
better than anyone else. Except for you.

The woman and the creative soul mate
behind the genius of 'Hitchcock'. and the least you can do
is give me your full support! who lived
in the very large shadow cast - creatively as well as physically - of her very famous husband... ..until now. The only person he would listen to
was Alma. 10 pages until Alma
finishes the revisions. After almost a century as two of film and theatre's
biggest British heavyweights, the dame and the sir,
Mirren and Sir Anthony Hopkins, finally pair up. And the Dame reveals
she had a touch of the nerves. A little intimidating. Well, Sir Anthony Hopkins,
you know, of course, great, great actor.

Staunch ally right through his life,
brilliant editor and a good writer but he's obsessed
with these young, beautiful, inaccessible blonde women. More anger! 'Hitchcock' sees the famous director
at 60 and desperate for a hit. With his devoted wife by his side, they stumble on the story
of serial killer Ed Gein and thus begins the back story to the film that went on
to shock the world, 'Psycho'. Just think of the shock value, killing off your leading lady
halfway through. I mean, you are intrigued,
are you not, my dear? Actually, I think
it's a huge mistake. You shouldn't wait
till halfway through. Kill her off after 30 minutes. Well...

I don't think either of them, they weren't driven by the
sensual side of life. Food, as far as Hitchcock
was concerned, certainly, and as we all know the dream of the perfect
blonde woman but I think the whole point was that
she should be untouchable. "Untouchable", a term one could
ascribe to Dame Helen Mirren who, at age 70,
remains in a class of her own much like the man
they called 'Hitch'. You may not be the easiest man
to live with but you're more entertaining
than any of your plots. Alfred Hitchcock never won
a Academy Award for directing however, one of his films
was named Best Picture. Which film was it? Go to our website to find out. Already, this film
is gaining Oscar buzz. It's released here on January 10.

So, Darren, when was the last time
you compared policies?

Not for ages. I'm happy with
my health insurance. What if there's something
out there that's better value? Like that'll happen.

I'd see what's out there. VOICEOVER: Every month you don't
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Tomorrow night - the porkies being told
about your Christmas ham and how to pick the best
for your family to eat.

And sales triple around Christmas time. The marbling three there will give extra flavour. It's not put together very well so it breaks apart when you slice it. Australian ham is a lot fresher and it hasn't been on a boat for three months. You need to have a good balance of salt and sweetness and that is the key. That story tomorrow.
Thanks for your company. I'm Kylie Gillies. Enjoy your
evening. See you tomorrow.

Hello and welcome to another jam-packed night
of summer entertainment on Better Homes and Gardens. Now, we all know how important
family is this time of year, so here's a wonderful way for you to make the most
of your special memories - with Tara's
family-inspired decorations. The very best way to display
your family photos so everyone can enjoy them - right?

Why settle for everyday roast chook? It's succulent roast chicken
smothered in the taste of Thailand. And meet one very scaredy cat. (MIAOWS) A WA garden
that is one of Australia's best. Kings Park is stunning right now -
loads of ideas for your place. Pots that are perfect
for more than just plants. I'm gonna make a home
for some cute pets. Not you, Dan - some goldfish. And sweet, crunchy
and so irresistible. Four ingredients, two steps, and
you're making homemade honeycomb. And of course all this week we're giving away thousands
of dollars worth of prizes, so keep watching to find out
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DR HARRY: Melbournians
love their city. And we out-of-towners
can only reflect on their cosmopolitan lifestyle. But, you know, reflection
is not always a good thing. Particularly when you're
a cat called Winifred, who is frightened
of her own reflection. (MIAOWS)

Hello, Dr Harry. How are you?
Good. Good to see you. Now, I need to come in
and meet Winifred. Yes.
And your better half as well. Exactly.
Lead the way. Come on in.

Come this way. Well. Hello. We've actually got a fourth member
of the family as well. Who's this?
WOMAN: This is Annika. Hi, Annika. How are you? So you must be Jo
and this must be Winifred. Come here, beautiful.
Hey? Oh!

As you can see, Winifred
gets on well with the family. She's been a delight. But watch how her mood changes
anywhere near a mirror. (MIAOWS)

Wherever there's a reflection,
Winifred's going to have a go. (MIAOWS)

Even the piano's not safe.
(MIAOWS) There had to be something
that started all this off.