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Good afternoon afternoon as your live rolling News Day continues. Our top story:I'm deeply sorry this has happened. It is completely contrary to Christ's teachings. The nation's most senior Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, apologises to those abused by the clear give and teachers. We will take a close look at what he to say. Plus we will also bring you Christmas messages from other church and political leaders. Also today, the last-minute Christmas retail rush is on as the big department stores bring forward their Boxing Day sales to tonight. At the Sky News Centre, also today, protestors clash with police as Dairy Farmers's biggest milk plant as up to 100 workers walk off the job. Bail denied for Robert Xie as the man accused of killing five members of the Lin family to spend another Christmas in custody. In sport, Michael Clarke fighting to be fit for the Boxing Day Test. And the weather:Our top story and Australia's most senior Catholic has urged his - used his Christmas message to apologise to those who of suffered at the hands of priests and teachers. He feels the communities shock and shame declare ing the behaviour completely contrary to the church's teachings. With the Federal Government preparing terms of reference for a Royal Commission into abuse within institutions, the Catholic arch Bishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell says he is deeply sorry for the hurt that has occurred. My heart and the heart of all believers of all people of goodwill, go out to those who cannot find peace at this time, especially those who have suffered at the hands of fellow Christians, Christian officials, priests, religious teachers. The country's most senior Catholic has stopped short of specifically mentioning the allegations surrounding members of his clergy but he has used his traditional Christmas message to apologise for the crimes of Christian officials. I'm deeply sorry this has happened. It is completely contrary to Christ's teachings. And I feel too the shock and shame across the community that these revelations of wrongdoing and crimes. Ahead of the most celebrated day on the Christian calendar, spiritual leaders have reminded followers that Christmas is a time of reflection, hope and generosity. It will be the disadvantaged and poor that will suffer most. We are going to need to be generous. It is significant that God came to people in material poverty to show us the great worth of each human person. This time, as an Australian, in this beautiful country, I'm haunted by the fact that there are so many asylum seekers coming to our country that we kind of bumped off to somewhere else and told them they are not welcome. That.doesn't seem to me to be in the spirit of Christmas. The first people to see the baby Jesus, according to the story, were the Shepherds and they were the ones that were on the very edge of the society, not liked or trusted by anyone. So if there is room for the shepherds, I reckon there is room for all of us. With the Anglican arch bish sop of Sydney to retire this year, this is his last Christmas message. He says with society becoming cynical, Christmas is a time of new emergenciation. It is a glad and generous season of the year because our God makes us glad with his generosity. Happy Christmas. Meantime, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott have wished Australians a happy Christmas in their annual video messages. Both leaders are spending the break with their families ahead of what is likely to be a bruised election year. After a long year of bitter personal attacks, Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott at least agree on one thing: Christmas. In their annual video messages, the two leaders have urged all Australians to celebrate the day. However you and your family celebrate Christmas, whatever your own Christmas traditions are, I hope you have a wonderful day. Christmas is a great time of the year. It is a time when we reflect on all that is good and wonderful in life. In our family, like yours, it will be a time to come together, to share stories, exchange gifts, enjoy a wonderful meal and be grateful for what we have. Christmas can also be a difficult day for those who have lost a loved one and this year the Prime Minister will be thinking about her loss. For me, this will be the first Christmas without my father and I will be thinking of him, and of my fellow Australians who will be without a loved one, for the first time this year. The two leaders have also sent a message of thanks to Australian soldiers serving far from home. This Christmas I pay particular trib beauty to the Australian troops current -- tribute to the Australian troops currently serving abroad and their families at home. I will be thinking of the military families who have lost a loved one. Your nation pays trib beauty to their service and your sacrifice. Both Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott will return to work in the new year ready for an election year battle if the past 12 months of any guide, the contest won't be pretty. But for one day at least, politics is taking a back seat to the Christmas spirit. May it be enjoyable, peaceful, and a safe time for everyone. Merry Christmas. A merry and safe Christmas to you all. Shops around the country are packed today with many Australians leaving their Christmas buying to the very last-minute. But for retailers, the boom won't stop today with almost $15 billion expected to be spent in post-Christmas retail sales. It's been a good Christmas but it has not been a great Christmas and I guess that is what retailers were really looking for. We predicted a figure of $42 billion and we think we are pretty much on target for that. Meantime, both mier and David Jones have announced they will be starting their traditional Boxing Day sales early this year with customers able to head online to snap up a bar dain on Christmas Day. -- bargain on Christmas Day. Angry dairy workers have clashed with police during a 24-hour strike south of Brisbane. Police were called to the Dairy Farmers factory at Logan after around 100 workers walked off the job demanding better pay and conditions. The workers walked out of the Creastmead plant at midnight for 24 hours. The national union of workers says it's been negotiating with the company on a range of issues for some time without resolution. They do the same job as other people in other States of Australia as Queenslanders, they get paid less. We are here because they only get three public holidays per year and people are secure in employment here. After the walk out, the workers set up a picket line outside but police soon arrived and out numbered the protestors. One was taken away, he was issued with a notice to appear for public nuisance after being given a move on warning by police. They won't commit to a deal because it is being squeezed by cheap milk sold by the big supermarkets. The milk price war is having an affect on the workers who process this milk. Lion Group has released a statement acknowledging the right of the workers to take industrial action in a lawful manner. It says its priority is to ensure the safe access of milk takers to drop off milk and the safe exit have trucks to deliver the goods to customers. They have assured customers there will be no disruption to supply and people will be able to purchase fresh meling throughout the holiday period.A NSW Supreme Court judge has overturned a decision to grant bail to the man charged with the Lin family murders in Sydney. Robert Xie was granted bail by a magistrate last week but the Crown appealed. The appeal was upheld by Justice Stephen Rothman. The five members of the Lin family were found dead in the bedrooms of their house in North Epping in Sydney in July 2009. Sydney police have launched an investigation after a man was shot in the leg in the city's south-west. The 22-year-old man was shot in the calf inside a unit and Emergency Services took hich to Liverpool hospital. A crime scene has been established and detectives are investigating. Police say the injured man is known to them but is not assisting them with their inquiries. Overseas news more than 60 people are feared to have been killed in an air strike in the central Syrian province of Hama. Hal Hal was hit. 22 victims have already been identified by their families but they expect the number of dead to be much higher Halfaya was hit. The following report contains images of the aftermath of the attack and those that were injured. Yelling "God is great", rescuers in the town of Halfaya speed toward the site of what they say is an air strike on a bakery queue. We can't verify what happened or who is responsible. But Syrian opposition activists say this is the aftermath of a Government mig fighter jet attack which killed dozens of people and injured many more. The shaky video, much of it too graphic to broad cast, shows both dead and wounded as locals frantically try to decide which is which and save those they can. The injured were taken apparently to a make-shift field hospital. Again, in video we can't verify. Some appear physically only slightly wounded but clearly deeply shocked. Others are unconscious. And what activists are calling the bakery massacre appears to be further evidence that neither side will back down and that the blood shed will go on. America's most powerful gun rights group has ruled out any changes to Gabba and ammunition laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, the National Rifle Association continues to call forearmed guards at all schools. The CEO of the National Rifle Association got a grilling when he finally answered questions from the media for the first time since the massacre. Wayne LaPierre appeared on NBC's "Meet the press", he confirmed the NRA will oppose moves to ban assault rifles and reduce the size of ammunition clips that can be sold. The NRA says the only thing that can stop a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun. If it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our school to protect our children, then call me crazy. Point out that armed security guards at schools aren't new, there were armed security guards on site at Columbine High School and Virginia and they didn't stop the tragedies there. The big question is whether the NRA still has the political muscle in Washington that it has enjoyed for decades in the wake of Sandy Hook. Some of the biggest names in Hollywood have been using their star power to add pressure to US politicians. Have a look. For the children of Sandy Hook. Demand a plan. No more lists of names. It's not too soon. It's too late. Now is the time. Before we all know someone who loves someone on that list. The group behind that ad is expected to put its proposals to Congress next month. For a growing number of New Zealanders Christmas is a time of desperation. The city mission in New Zealand is giving out a record number of food parscels, those in need forced to queue for hours to get a handout. For the hundreds who line up outside Auckland's city mission, these people are Christmas angles. This year the number has grown and there is never a busier time than Christmas Eve. We will make sure this year that nobody goes away hemity handed and if that means that we keep giving out food parcels until 8 p.m. tonight, that is exactly what we will do. A computer glitch delayed some grants being handed out but didn't stop the distribution of food. That includes rice and pasta and sugar, at least 14 cans of different foods, cans of spa getty and tins of vegetables. There is also frozen meat. We make sure every parcel gets fresh fruit and vegetables as well. And sorting piles of toys. They get a soft fodeu if they are llgts -- soft toy, or lego for the older kids. Around the corner, another city mission team is preparing to host 3,000 people for Christmas dinner. It is huge. The set up for this is a lot of preset up and then 500 volunteers who will come on the day. So you will see actually all of the people in the kitchen are volunteers and so there is a lot of volunteer hours putting this Christmas together. And they are ready to cope with more. Our policy has been that nobody goes away hungry and so we are ready for any thing that happens on Christmas Day. Plenty of Christmas cheer for those who need it most. I will have more news for you in just a moment. Thank you. Coming up after the break, we will get all of the sport including New Zealand's cricketers heading for a Boxing Day battle with South Africa.

P You're with News Day. Just ahead, we will run through the Christmas Day forecasts with the weather channel. First though, a check of today's headlines. Australia's most senior Catholic cardinal has used his Christmas message to apologise to the victims of sexual abuse by the clergy. Around 100 angry dairy workers have stopped milk trucks from entering a factory south of Brisbane after walking off the job at around midnight. Queensland's Christmas milk supply will be reportedly affected by the blockade and the man accused of murdering five members of the Lin family in Sydney will spend another Christmas in custody after the granting of his bail was overturned. Tomorrow's weather showers and fresh winds in the south-east, hot in the west.

Time now for all the sporting news with Luke Doherty.

Mitchell Starc has been controversially rested from the Boxing Day Test with Sri Lanka looked lonely watching his team mates practising today. He has been replaced by Jackson Bird. I got the call yesterday to say that I'm in the final 11, so yeah, very exciting and I'm looking forward to it. I was pretty nervous actually but, yeah, in saying that, I'm really excited, I've always wanted to play for Australia and, yeah, I guess on Boxing Day I get the chance. Michael Clarke continues his race against time to prove he is overcome a hamstring problem and his team mates remain optimistic. I think he is good. I haven't seen him the last two nights. He is obviously with Lex and he has been icing it for four days, he has done everything he can at the moment, hopefully he can come out today and tell us that he is playing. We are all the same as you guys, waiting to hear the news.Martin Guptill has made a remarkable return from illness to secure a thrilling win over South Africa. Guptill who missed the game on defeat with a stomach complaint notched up his unbeaten century with a winning boundary on the final ball for the black caps. New Zealand was on the receiving end in game one, game two and things started the same way. Down the ground and up the ground. Good strike by Henry Davids. Right up on the roof. Lights went out but when the play resumed, they made sure that the Proteas set a respectable target. 166 to win and Guptill went after the South Africans early. He has got hold of this over mid on area. This is big. Very, very big. Over mid wicket he has gone. That's gone 20 or 30m over the boundary for six. He did have some luck along the way, Guptill's knock appeared to be over on 87, when he was caught in the deep but he was called back as the delivery was above waist height. It came down to the last ball of the game, Guptill was on 97, and New Zealand needed four to win. A yorker, through cover, Guptill has done it. Guptill has won it for New Zealand. And he has scored 100. That is an incredible knock from Martin Guptill and an incredible finish for the New Zealanders. The series is level. The side is in Port Elizabeth on Boxing Day. The Sydney Sixers hopes of defending their Big Bash title have been dealt a huge blow with a third straight loss in yesterday's other game Ricky Ponting and dough played starring roles.

Tim Ludeman and Michael Klinger did the damage for the host spelling 125 for before the opening wicket. That is into the mention. He has hit it well. He has hit it really well. Way, way back over extra cover. And in Hobart, a hat-trick from spinner Doherty helped the hur kains with a win over the Thunder. Ponting had the crowd on its feet with a hard hitting half century. Sachin Tendulkar is refusing to walk away from Test match cricket. He turns 40 in April but has conceded it is time to step down from the 50 over format after talks with officials. In a statement, he says it was a dream to have played in a World Cup winning side. He made his one day debut in 1989 playing a world record 463 matches and scoring 18,000 runs. Wild Oats XI are Boyd by the forecasts of favourable conditions for this year's Sydney to Hobart. Super Maxi are expected to fly down the NSW coast. We are going to have a fantastic spin at the start which will be great for the spectators and we will be going into a southerly for a few hours and then it will swing into the north-east for the next day and will have quite a fast run down the coast and then another southerly front coming which will get all of us before we get to Tasman Light but it is going to be a testing race for crews and navigators. Early predictions have the fleet front runners finishing 20 minutes outside Wild Oats XI 2005 record. Chelsea has given the manager some timely Christmas cheer after an eight goal thrashing of Aston Villa. And Manchester United lead at the top has been cut by four points by Swansea. United started well enough with a goal but they conceded one minute later and couldn't break the deadlock in the second half. Chelsea was outstanding against villa as Frank Lampard celebrated his 500th game in style. Lampard, oh wow. That is an absolute bute. Chelsea equalling its biggest ever win in the Premier League to be eighth on the ladder and that is all of the sport for now. Thank you for that. Looking now at the weather. Cloud crossing the nation's south-east with a trough is triggering a few showers. The trough is bringing a cool change. Cloud across eastern Queensland with another trough that is producing areas of rain along the coast. And skies are clearing in South Australia and southern Western Australia with a high in the bite. A trough will continue to move through NSW bringing a cool change and triggering showers and storms. Hot northerly component winds will filter in to NSW and into Queensland. Troughs over WA and the northern tropic also bring showers and storms and a high will keep South Australia mostly clear. Looking at the forecast for Christmas Day.

Across Australia and New Zealand, this is News Day. Thank you for your company. The top stories are just ahead, plus we will cross live to Sydney to get the latest on a number of bushfires burning on the NSW Central Coast.

P Hello again, it is 4.30 eastern daylight time. This is News Day on Sky News. Coming up in our next half an hour, how you can snap up bargains before the full Boxing Day. Right now though, today's top stories for you. Catholic arch Bishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell says he is deeply sorry for the hurt that has occurred to those that have suffered at the hands of priests and religious teachers. Cardinal George Pell has issued a statement calling it completely contrary to Christ's teachings. He says he feels shock and shame across the community at the revelations of wrongdoing and crimes. However, the head of the child victims group says Cardinal George Pell's apology doesn't do enough to right the wrongs of the abuse carried out by the church. Shoppers can get a head start on the Boxing Day sales this year and avoid the crowds. Myer's stock take clearance is kicking off online before the Christmas presents are even unwrapped. Customers can pick up a bargain from 9 o'clock tomorrow. David Jones is also breaking with tradition to begin its online sales on Christmas Day. But for shoppers who prefer the real thing, stores in Sydney and Melbourne will open from 5 a.m. on Boxing Day. Angry dairy workers have clashed with police during a 24-hour strike south of Brisbane. Police were called to the Dairy Farmers factory at Logan after around 100 workers walked off the job demanding better pay and conditions. The protestors wrestled with police as they tried to stop vehicles from entering the site. The strike is unlikely to affect milk supply over the Christmas break. And NSW Supreme Court judge has overturned a decision to grant bail to the man charged with the Lin family murders in Sydney. Robert Xie was granted bail by a magistrate last week but the Crown appealed. That appeal was today upheld by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Rothman. The five members of the Lin family were found dead in the bedrooms of their house at North Epping in Sydney in July 2009. More than 60 people have been killed in a Syrian air strike in a bakery in Halfaya. It comes as Lakhdar Brahimi launched a new bid to resolve the 20 month conflict in one of the deadliest conflicts, the death toll is likely to rise. In sport, paceman Jackson Bird will make his Test debut on Boxing Day. He has been selected to replace Mitchell Starc after in form paceman was rested for the second match with Sri Lanka. The weather for tomorrow. Our top story and Australia's most senior Catholic has used his Christmas message to apologise to those who have suffered at the hands of priests and religious teachers. Cardinal George Pell says he feels the communities shock and shame, declaring the behaviour completely contrary to the church's teachings. With the Federal Government preparing terms of reference for a Royal Commission into abuse within institutions, the Catholic arch Bishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell says he is deeply sorry for the hurt that has occurred. My heart and the heart of all believers of all people of good will go out to all of those that cannot find peace at this time, especially those who have suffered at the hands of fellow Christians. Christian officials, priests, religious teachers. The country's most senior Catholic has stopped short of specifically mentioning the allegations surrounding members of his clergy but he has used his traditional Christmas message to apologise for the crimes of Christian officials. I'm deeply sorry this has happened. It's completely contrary to Christ's teachings. And I feel too the shock and shame across the community of these revelations of wrong doings and crimes. Ahead of the most celebrated day on the Christian calendar, they have reminded followers that Christmas is a time for reflection, hope and generosity. If times get worse, it will be the poor and disadvantaged who suffer most.We are going to need to be generous. It is significant that God came to people in material poverty to show us the great worth of each human person. This time, as an Australian in this beautiful country, I'm haunted by the fact that there are so many asylum seekers coming to our country that we kind of bumped off to somewhere else and told them they are not welcome. That doesn't seem to me to be in the spirit of Christmas. The first people to see the baby Jesus according to the story were the Shepherds and they were the ones that were on the very edge of the society, not liked or trusted by anyone. So if there is room for the Shepherds, I reckon there is room for all of us. With the arch Bishop of Sydney to retire next year, this is his last Christmas message. He says with society becoming cynical, Christmas is a time of new imagination. It's a glad and generous season of the year because our God makes us glad with his generosity. Happy Christmas. Meantime, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott have wished Australians a happy Christmas in their annual video messages. Both leaders are spending the break with their families ahead of what is likely to be a bruising election year. After a long year of bitter personal attacks, Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott at least agree on one thing, Christmas. In their annual video messages, the two leaders have urged all Australians to celebrate the day. However you and your family celebrate Christmas, whatever your own Christmas traditions are, I hope you have a wonderful day. Christmas is a great time of the year. It's a time when we reflect on all that is good and wonderful in life. In our family, like yours, it will be a time to come together. To share stories. Exchange gifts. Enjoy a wonderful meal and be grateful for what we have. Christmas can also be a difficult day for those who have lost a loved one and this year the Prime Minister will be thinking about her loss. For me, this will be the first Christmas without my father and I will be thinking of him and of my fellow Australians who will be without a loved one for the first time this year. The two leaders have also sent a message of thanks to Australian soldiers serving far from home. This Christmas I pay particular tribute to the Australian troops currently serving abroad and their families at home. I will be especially thinking of our military families, who have lost a loved one. Your nation pays tribute to their service and your sacrifice. Both Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott will return to work in the new year ready for an election year battle. If the past 12 months are any guide, the contest won't be pretty. But for one day at least politics is taking a back seat to the Christmas spirit. May it be enjoyable, peaceful, and a safe time for everyone. Merry Christmas. A merry and safe Christmas to you all. Shops around the country have been packed today with many Australians leaving their Christmas buying to the very last-minute. But for retailers, the boom won't stop today with almost $15 billion expected to be spent in post-Christmas retail sales. I guess what you could say it has been a good Christmas but not a great Christmas and that is what retailers were looking for. We predicted a figure of around $42.2 billion to be spent in the lead up to Christmas and we are on target for that. Meantime, both Myer and David Jones have announced they will be starting their traditional Boxing Day sales early with customers able to head online to snap up a bargain on Christmas Day. And the chief executive of the Australian national retailers association spoke to the media just a short time ago about what is the biggest day on the retail calendar. We anticipate today that Australians will have spent something just over $2 billion across the country. Food sales have been huge today with three times the normal sales of prawns happening this one day and it is the biggest selling day for stores like Dan Murphy in the year. We are also hear that some of the big sellers late in the day are coffee machines and not surprisingly those small electronics like iPods and iPads. It will be slightly better than last year because all Christmases are. Having said that, this is going to be a fairly flat Christmas for retail. Much as we would have liked to have seen it more buoyant and we will be slightly concerned about the first part of 2013. Interestingly, this year we have seen an increase in the number of people using cash, particularly amongst younger people. Pretty standard for credit. But a big drop in the use of debit cards this Christmas. So clearly people are feeling confident enough to have just a little bit of debt but they still would rather be using cash. There has been a big push on to the online this year and there is no doubt this is the biggest online Christmas we have ever seen by some of the great new domestic offerings on an online space and, of course, a very big chunk of the action heading overseas, something like 8% of the total spend. The Boxing Day sales are critically important, it is one of the biggest, if not the biggest shopping day of the year and we will be looking very carefully with what happens to things like home wears because that will tell us how confident people are feeling, whether they buy that new sofa or decide the one they are sitting on will last another year. Manic few days for retailers ahead. Right now, bringing you the day's other headlines asasas. Angry dairy workers have clashed with police during a 24-hour strike south of Brisbane. Police were called to the Dairy Farmers factory at Logan after around 100 workers walked off the job demanding better pay and conditions.The workers walked out of the Creastmead plant at midnight for 24 hours. The national union of workers says it's been negotiating with the company on a range of issues for some time without resolution. They do the same job as other people in other States of Australia as Queenslanders, they get paid less. We are here because they only get three public holidays per year and we are also here because people are extremely insecure about their employment here. The workers set up a picket line outside but police soon arrived and outnumbered the protestors. One protestor was taken away, he was issued with a notice to appear for public nuisance after being given a move on direction by police. Management won't commit to a deal because it is being squeezed by cheap milk sold by the big sprkts. It seems to be the case that the milk price war is having an affect on the workers who process this milk. The parent company Lion Group has released a statement acknowledging the right of the workers to take industrial action in a lawful manner. It says its priority is to ensure the safe access of milk takers to drop off milk and the safe exit of trucks to be delivered to customers. They have assured customers will there be no disruption to supply and will be able to purchase milk throughout the holiday period. A NSW Supreme Court judge has overturned a decision to grant bail to the man charged with the Lin family murders in Sydney. Robert Xie was granted bail by a magistrate last week but the Crown appealed. That appeal was today upheld by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Rothman. The five members of the Lin family were found dead in the bedrooms of their house at North Epping in Sydney in July 2009. Sydney police have launched an investigation after a man was shot in the leg in the city's south-west. The 22-year-old man was shot in the calf inside a unit and Emergency Services took him to Liverpool hospital. A crime scene has been established and detectives are investigating. Police say the injured man is known to them but is not assisting them with their inquiries. Over seas news more than 60 people are feared to have been killed in an air strike in the central Syrian province of Hama. A bakery in the town of Halfaya was hit. Activists told Sky News that 22 victims have already been identified by their families. But they expect the number of dead to be much higher. A warning the following report contains images of the aftermath of the attack and those who were injured. Yelling "God is great" rescuers in the town of Halfaya speed toward the site of what they say is an air strike on a bakery queue. We can't verify what happened or who is responsible. But Syrian opposition activists say this is the aftermath of a Government mig fighter jet attack which killed dozens of people and injured many more. The shaky amateur video, much of it too graphic to broad cast, shows both dead and wounded as locals frantically try and decide which is which and save those they can. One man screams at the camera "Look at all the bodies. They were only coming for bread. Where are the Arabs? Where is the world?". The injured were taken apparently to a make-shift field hospital. Again, in video we can't err verify. Some appear physically only slightly wounded but clearly deeply shocked. Others are unconscious. Last week by the Syrian army, they have some shortage in basic goods, so they had some help from some donator and they were able to get flour to the city. Once the regime forces knew about the arrival of this flour, they targeted the bakery where people were waiting in line in order to get their bread. The attack came on the day the UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi arrived in the Syrian companital, again, to try to broker an end to the 21 months of fighting which has killed more than 40,000 people. Hopes are not high that this visit to Damascus, his third, will be any more successful than the others. And what activists are calling the bakery massacre, appears to be further evidence that neither side will back down and that the blood shed will go on. I will have more headlines for you in just a moment. Back now to Ashleigh Gillon. Thank you. Coming up, we will get all of the sport with Luke Doherty as Mitchell Starc is rested from the Australian cricket team for the Boxing Day Test.

P You're with News Day. Just ahead, we will look at all of the sporting news, plus a check of the Christmas Day weather forecast. First though, asasashas today's headlines. -- Jacinta has today's headlines. Australia's most senior Catholic cardinal has used his Christmas message to apologise to the victims of sexual abuse by the clergy. Around 100 angry dairy workers have stopped milk trucks from entering a factory in Brisbane after walking off the job around midnight. The milk supply will reportedly be affected by the blockade. The man accused of murdering five members of the Lin family in Sydney will spend another Christmas in custody after the granting of his bail was overturned. Tomorrow's weather showers and fresh winds in the south-east and it should be hot in the west for Christmas Day.

Now it's time for all of the sport with Luke Doherty.

Young paceman Jackson Bird will make his Test debut on Boxing Day after Mitchell Starc was controversially rested. 26-year-old Jackson Bird has been the leading wicket taker in the Sheffield Shield over the past two seasons but it's the emission of the inform stork that has caused plenty of debate but the coach says selectors are now thinking long-term. It is tough on him but hopefully he misses one Test to make sure that we don't have another injury and that he - there is a lot of longevity with that decision, that he is ready to go in the one-dayer's, he is ready to go for the tour of India and he is ready to go for the Ashes. But not everyone agrees with the game plan. Former Australian paceman Geoff Lawson has slammed the chairman over the decision to rest fast bowlers. Disturbingly, he has come out and compared the Australian players and the bowlers to Chris Judd of the Carlton football team and made AFL the benchmark for cricket. Get it right, this is not AFL, this is cricket. Can we have a chairman of selectors who knows something about the game. You should know better, you have played with Dennis Lillee, you saw what he did, this is disturbing of the highest order.Michael Clarke was hard at work today too trying to prove he has overcome his hamstring problem. The Twenty20 series between South Africa and New Zealand will go down to a decider. Game two was an absolute thriller reduced to 19 overs a side due to a black out but the return from a stomach illness Martin Guptill was at hero getting the Kiwis home. It came down to the last ball. Guptill was on 97 and New Zealand needed four to win. A yorker, through cover, Guptill has done it, Guptill has won it for New Zealand and he has scored 100. That is an incredible knock from Martin Guptill. And an incredible finish for the New Zealanders. The series is now level at one game each with the deciding match to be played in Port Elizabeth on Boxing Day. Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards remains confident his crew can break its own Sydney to Hobart record. Favourable conditions are expected to greet the fleet down the NSW coast and Richards is hoping to make the most of it. Look, it is going to be touch and go with that one but it is looking like a fantastic forecast for the fleet, especially the bigger boats but it is something that we are looking forward to and to clone the record, you have got to get there first, so that is our main goal to get there first. The record of one day, 18 hours, 40 minutes and 10 seconds was set back in 2005. And Chelsea has given the manager some timely Christmas cheer after an eight goal thrashing of Aston Villa. Manchester United lead at the top of the Premier League has been cut to just four points by Swansea. United started well enough with a goal but they conceded one minute later and couldn't break the deadlock in the second half. Meantime, Chelsea was outstanding against villa as Frank Lampard celebrated his 500th game in style. Lampard, oh, wow, that is an absolute beaut. Chelsea equalling its biggest ever win in the Premier League to be eighth on the ladder. That is all the sport for now. Back to you. Thank you for that. Firefighters are on high alert across four States as sweltering force total fire bans. For the latest on what we can expect on Christmas Day here can Ken from the weather channel. We have seen lots of severe thunderstorms spark up once gen through Western Sydney, also in the south where we have seen severe fire dangers today. More details on channel 603. But you can see that trough move emoving. We have got a southerly wind that is rolling up the NSW coastline but this high is directing very hot temperatures into the west and we are going to see heat wave conditions all of this week for Perth, temperatures on Christmas Day getting up to 39 degrees and we are expecting possibly the hottest December spell on record for Perth because it is going to stay in the high 30s for the rest of this week and we could be seeing severe fire dangers as well. I did mention that southerly wind, that is going to be reaching Sydney, about 3 or 4 a.m., producing an early storm, chance of showers through the day and much cooler temperatures throughout the central coast. So generally across the capital cities we are expecting a cooler day in Sydney, and there is those hot temperatures in Perth. So I think many people are going to be heading to the coast in the west. It's going to be a hot one around the country tomorrow. Thank you for your company today on News Day. I will be back with you tomorrow with all of your Christmas Day news. For now though, national news is coming up next. As up to 100 milk factory workers protest at Queensland's biggest dairy farmers plant and Christmas messages from our political and religious leaders. That is next. Consist Live Captioning by Ai-Media www.ai-media.tv