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(generated from captions) This program will be live captioned by Ai-Media. Hello, it's 4 o'clock in Canberra, 1 p.m. here in Perth as your live rolling News Day continues. I'm Ashleigh Gillon. Our top stories, Wild Oats XI the first out of the harbour ahead of Ragamuffin Loyal. We'll take a look at how the start of the Sydney to Hobart went down when the starting gun went off. I'm stuck for words as to why it's happened this situation, we provided the documentation, I've got it in my hand. The skipper of maxi yacht Wild Thing dumb founded by the disqualification of the favourite snobt. Our reporting spoke to Wharington about his 11th hour disappointment. Also five Australian tourists lucky to escape with their lives after a passenger jet crashed in Myanmar. We'll have a full report. In sport, Australia on top as Sri Lanka is skittled for just 156 on day one much the Boxing Day test. The Sky News weather forecast for tomorrow, it will be hot and thundery in the west, mostly sunny in the south and also in the south-east. Our top stories this News Day, and a 76 strong fleet is now headed down the NSW coast after the start of the 68th Sydney to Hobart yacht race. One hot favourite Wild Oats XI was first out of the Sydney Harbour is head of close rival and defending champion Ragamuffin Loyal. With spinnaker s up the fleet weaved its way around thousands of spectator craft before heading out into the Tasman Sea. Two hours before the race super maxi Wild Thing was ruled out because according to officials it hadn't provided necessarily documentation following hull modifications. Luke Doherty spoke to the yacht's frustrated skipper Wharington. I'm so disappointed for the crew and the team. We've a bleed and a fantastic team to sail this year, as you know we've got six girls on the boat, 13 guys, great blend of talent from all over the country and actually some from the other side of the word. It's a tremendous disappoint for them. I've done the race 24 times, for some of them it's the first. I think there's two people on the boat it's their first race. It's really tough for them. It's the race we all look forward to every year and prepare for. So a lot of time and effort goes in, so devastated. When you spoke to everyone before you were holding some bits of paper and they were the one that is you believed proved that you've done everything right. Absolutely. We had these modifications designed six years ago and the original designer of the boat gave them to us in April this year and I only found out a week ago that he wasn't going to sign them off. He's 80 years old. So we ended up engaging a naval architect under suggestion from the race committee actually so we were very happy to do in a, we got a fantastic naval architect involved. He did a report and the report says that the modifications had met the minimum requirement, and that was pretty straightforward to us, the wording seemed pretty clear that it met the minimum requirement which is all that is needed. So we were given the signoff, the tick to say yes, you can go racing on Wednesday and then I think it was late last week, then to be hold this morning after we'd turned our phones back on at 10 o'clock or 11 o'clock that we weren't starting was devastating. This morning when you went to the final race briefing, I was there and they were calling out crews that perhaps hadn't had paperwork A, B or C done,. Yep. But I didn't hear your name mentioned. Can you take us through why that didn't happen? I would love to. We were there of course, we would expect that anybody who has a deficiency in paperwork, your name gets called out, you go and deal with it. I think there was one boat that hadn't signed a form to turn up. I had been advised that I needed to go to the office to sign a racing certificate, which I did, so straight after race briefing, 9, 9:15ish, I went to the race office, they opened the window. They said can you please come round there the office, it's very important that we see you, they held up the document. I signed it, I said it everything else okay, they said yes, thank you very much. I said merry Christmas, see you later and walked out the door. We went down to the lawn, did some weather briefing, went back to the boat, turned our phones off, had a chat about safety and the race strategy, then when we turned our phones back on at 11 o'clock everyone's phones exploded with information we'd been knocked out of the race. You mentioned before in conversations with Howard Piggott why you might have been kicked out. You mentioned the word conspiracy. Can you take us thrust that. I actually haven't had a conversation with Howard Piggott. It seemed so odd at this late stage where we have sent in all the information they've asked for that they say we don't like the wording 6 a particular document, get the wording changed. Well the naval architect is actually out of the racecourse already. The dates need to be set in stone much, much earlier and they need to be absolute cut-offs in the middle, two weeks ago, so things like this don't occur. Will you come back or has this soured your love of this event? Look, we love the event. It's unfortunate I think we've got some grievances with the race management. Race managers come and go, competitors stay. So we'll see what turns up next year but I'm sure we'll be on the start line. Best of luck for next year and next year's preparations. This afternoon commiserations are in order, the race is under way and they're on their way to Hobart. I'm sure the crew will regroup now, go and have a lunch and a couple of beers even now and imagine what they would be like in the customs house in Hobart, pretty dis appointing. It's been revealed five Australian tourists were on board a plane which crashed in central Myanmar. The Australians all survived but three people were killed and at least 11 others injured when the jet came down in thick fog. Adelaide locals were on board but escaped with minor injuries. It's believed the pair lost all their possessions in the crash but they were issue ed new pass ports by the Australian Embassy. The embassy is assisting the other tourists involved. Lying smashed up and still burning in a Paddy field just short of the runway, it's incredible to think the vast majority of those on board this passenger jet managed to scramble out of the wreckage uninjured. A handful died, around a dozen were hurt, but a higher casualty toll was probably minimised by the fact the aircraft was travelling at a relatively low speed coming in to land at a local airport in Burma's eastern state of Shan. The jet carrying more than 70 people was packed with foreign tourists. Those passengers including Americans, French, Taiwanese and at least four British nationals were flown back to the Burmese capital Rangoon. The injured were transferred to hospital but the majority of being put up in locals hotels before being interviewed by crash investigators. The cause is still to be determined but already there are conflictings reports about what went wrong. The plane's operators said the plane hit electrical wires as it came in to land but aviation officials said the pilots had mistaken a nearby road for the runway in thick fog. Both pilots survived the crash. Their testimony will be vital in establishing the cause of the accident. Mark White, Sky News. To other news now and at least three people have died on NSW roads today. Two people died when a four-wheel drive crashed on the Hume Highway at Holbrook and in Sydney a man died when two cars collided on Richmond Road at Marsden Park. Queensland police are investigating a fatal crash near Townsville this morning. A man was killed when his car veered off the road. Officers are urging drivers to take extra care during the busy holiday period. A Victorian family is in mourning today after a taxi driver was killed in a Christmas Day crash yesterday evening. The cabbie was stopped at lights when it was hit by another car. The taxi driver died at the scene. Police want any witnesses to contact them. Perth is in the grip of a heat wave with sweltering conditions expected to last for the rest of the year. Temperatures edged towards 40 degrees yesterday. Hospitals, firefighters and surf lifesavers are all on high alert. The fourth hottest was 2010. Temperatures over the next five days are tipped to soar above 37 degrees. Overseas news now and police in the US are learning more about what led to the ambush of four firefighters in New York. There was a memorial service outside the fire house to Michael Chivarini and they were shot by a gunman William Spengler who later killed himself. Police say Spengler left a rambling note in which he said he wanted to see how much of the neighbourhood he could burn down and "do what I like best which is killing people". To kill flnt people. Spengler had served 17 years in prison for killing his own grandmother. Police say they found another body in his home. Possibly it's his sister's. Spengler had three guns, including a bush master 223 rifle the same make and calibre as the one used in the school shooting in Connecticut. The Newtown shootings and yesterday's ambush have fuelled the debate over gun control in the United States but while that debate intensifies, something else is spike can and that's gun sales. At gun shows across the nation this past weekend people stood in line hoping to get their hands on an A R15, the military style rifle used in the Newtown Connecticut school shooting. There's been a run on A R15s at gun stores too. I I normally sell about 15, 20 a month, sold about 30 in the last three days. The reason he says is clear. Because people want to make sure they can own them legally before they have that right taken away. The White House said that President Obama supports a ban on assault weapons. Getting it through Congress quickly is highly unlikely but the mere mention of a ban is enough to send sales soaring and it's not just guns. Brownel says it recently sold more than three and a half years worth of A R15 magazines in three days, even before Newtown sales of guns and ammunition this year were surging. FBI background checks of potential gun buyers were up 31% in December 2012 over 2011. In a report issued prior to Newtown IBISWorld found gun that was are working themselves into a frenzy over what another four years under the Obama administration may hold for gun laws. 27 people have been killed after a military aircraft crashed in Kazakhstan. The plane carrying 20 crew and 7 servicemen came down in the south of the country where it had been due to hand. Witnesses said the plane appeared to fall from a height of 800m in bad weather before crashing and bursting into flames. Back home and retailers are expecting overall Boxing Day spending to top $1.8 billion as keen shoppers continue to flock to shops around the country. Millions of items had their prices slashed for the Saeless with up to 60% off in some sections. David Jones and Myer started trading at 5 a.m. and there were plenty of eager shoppers awaiting the doors to open, ready to cash in on the bargains inside. With the ring of the bell retailers flung open their doors and shoppers their wallets as hundreds flocked to snap up a bargain during the annual Boxing Day sales. The rain didn't dampen spirits in Sydney with these savvy shoppers keen to be one of the first to snag a bargain. We do it every year but something which wesay up for a whole year. Whatever is the best value on offer we go for it. I'm going to get the new foers. Just about look at everything in there. Chanel perfume. Maybe the perfume, deodorant or some jewelleries. Some are leavingfestivities early, camp can out overnight. Been here since 7 p.m. I was here at 9 o'clock yeah, so I think I did all right. It's estimated that Australians will spend almost $2 billion today and retailers are counting on it. It's a very big day, bigger in some places than others, NSW is nearly always the engine room of shopping, but not so on Boxing Day, it's Victoria because they have much more liberal trading hours. Around $600 million slashed in the homes that one of the busiest days will provide a much needed lifeline. The shoes are 30% off a lot of them, up to 60% off women's wear, I'll be heading straight to the designer section. But for the shoppers not brave enough to take on the crowds the sales are also available online. If you really enjoy the atmosphere and the buzz of the ultimate adrenaline rush which is Boxing Day. Coming up after the break here on News Day we'll reflect on the tumult tus career for Queensland politics which saw Labor lose Government and reduce to just 7 seats. That's next. You're with News Day. Just ahead Megan Barnard will be along with updates in the cricket and the sailing on this Boxing Day. First though a check of the headlines. The Sydney to Hobart is under way with the 76 strong fleet making their way south minus the super maxi Wild Thing. At a comes as officials announced that Ragamuffin Loyal has not been penalised despite breaking the start. Five Australian tourists have been lucky to escape with their lives after a passenger jet crashed in Myanmar, killing three people and injuring 11. It's been a shocking Boxing Day on the nation's roads with four people killed in crashes in NSW and Queensland. Police are urging drivers to take extra care on the road during the holiday period. The weather forecast for tomorrow, it will be hot and thundery in the west, mostly sunny in the south and in the south-east. There's no denying it was a memorable year in federal politics and sadly for your politicians it hasn't all been positive. The Canberra press gallery has voted Treasurer Wayne Swan as the parliament's worth performer and the Prime Minister's miss only news speech to Tony Abbott has ranched the most memorable moment just in front of Kevin Rudd's embarrassing ill fated leadership challenge. As we approach 2013 Sky News is looking back on the past year, Sky News Brisbane reporting Joel reflects on the historic downfall of the Queensland Labor Government. The Queensland 2012 election saw a historic defeat of the Labor Government paving the way for a drastic overall of poll Chris. Labor had been in power for most of the last two decades with Anna Bligh as Premier for 2007. Competition came from an outsider, Brisbane laord mayor Campbell Newman who stepped up as leader of the National Party. It won't happen at all unless people turn up tomorrow at the polls and actually understand their vote counts. They won't get change in Queensland if they make a decision to vote the Government out of office. As the election drew near controversy surrounded the Newman family, but when Labor conceded it had no hard evidence. The LNP took control of 78 seats in the State Parliament leaving Labor with just 7. Anna Bligh quit politics immediately. The loudness and clarity of the message sent by the people of Queensland is unmistakable. With a clear mandate the Premier announced his transformation of the public sector. The Newman Government set about cutting more than 10,000 jobs causing public outcry. The thing is that we can't afford to employ those people. Queensland health was held up as a prime example of wasteful spending and bloated bureaucracy. It bore the brunt of the cut backs. The Government also sent out to decrease red tape: After a turbulent year for Queenslanders the Newman Government is promising the beginnings beginning of a turn around in 2013. Lots of sporting news around. Megan Barnard has a full wrap for you. Hole in one. Australia is off and racing at the crease after dismissing Sri Lanka for just 156 before tea on the opening day of the Boxing Day test. Mitchell Johnson ripped through the tourists' middle order taking four wickets. Dave warner and Ed Cowan are now building a solid partnership. After being under an injury cloud all week Michael Clarke this morning said he was fit enough to play. I call myself a hundred per cent. As I said yesterday in the press conference, if I couldn't turn up today and perform at my best for the team I wouldn't have been playing. Bird received a late but great Christmas present. Well done mate. (APPLAUSE) And shortly after a moment he'll never forget. Bird gets his first, what a moment. Listen to the roar of the crowd. Mitchell Johnson struck schoon after. -- soon after. Inside edge. When Peter Siddle dismissed Mahela Jayawardene, the two were a swift 3 for 37 leaving Kumar Sangakkara to lift the Sri Lankan spirit. It's gone all the way. He's brought it up in great style. 10,000 test match runs for the Sri Lankan master. After lunch Bird grabbed his second. The tourists were in all sorts of trouble when Hussey showed his class in the field. Edge, well caught Michael Hussey, gee he's good in there. Johnson desperate to keep up with his fellow pacemen and went on a rampage bagging back-to-back wickets. There was more damage to follow and this time Wade got in on the action in incredible fashion. Nervous, look. Wade grot it and takes a beauty. Nathan Lyon wrapping up the tail, veal all out for just 156. Over seas and five years since their last win, Pakistan has won this morning. Chasing India's total of 133, Pakistan cruised to victory with five wickets to spare. There were early nerves though as Indian debutante Kumar struck taking three wickets in the first three overs. Brilliant delivery. That is sensational. That is absolutely sensational from cumor. ASX 200 Kumar. A 106 run partnership steadied the ship as Pakistan claimed victory. Ragamuffin Loyal has not been penalised despite breaking the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Wild Oats XI led the fleet of 76 out of Sydney's heads, minus the super maxi Wild Thing. To fire the cannon for the start. Oh, that's very close. Well it looked as though the - possibly Ragamuffin Loyal could have been over early but you've got to say that Wild Oats XI has won the start. Lift off. Full throttle. We're bound for Hobart. Great start by Wild Oats XI. Ricko's done it again. Wild Oats XI aiming to take out line honours for a 6th time. Yet another setback for Rafael Nadal as he continues his comeback from injury, forced to actual out of a tournament in Abu Dhabi with a stomach virus. It was to be the 11th time Grand Slam winner with an injury in June saw him off the tennis courts. Great to see him in Melbourne. That is all the sport for now. Ash flrks Thanks you Megan, looking now at tomorrow's weather forecast. It's going to be hot and thunder y in the west. Mostly sunny in the south and also in the south-east. Do stay with us. Coming up after the break, plenty more news for you. We'll have an update on the sailing and more on the cricket. That's next. It's 4:30 eastern daylight time. This is News Day on Sky News. I'm Ashleigh Gillon. Coming up, a full update on the sailing and cricket results from today. Right now though today's top stories. Super maxi Wild Oats XI is leading the Sydney to Hobart fleet down the coast of NSW after surging ahead from the start. The competition's been marred by controversy before it began. Super maxi Wild Thing being disqualified after failing to hand in all the necessary paperwork. Skipper Wharington has hit out at race management saying he believes his crew is being targeted. Meantime officials have announced that Ragamuffin Loyal has not been penalised despite breaking the start. The 76 strong fleet back the race in a brisk and favourable 15 knot south-easterly wind. Five Australian tourists were on board a plane which crashed in central Myanmar. The Australians all survived but three people were killed and at least 11 others injured when the jet came down on a road in thick fog. Adelaide residents were on board but they escaped were minor injuries. The Australian Embassy is assisting the other tourists involved. At least three people have died on NSW roads today. Two people died when a four-wheel drive crashed on the Hume Highway at Holbrook. In Sydney a man died when two cars collided on Richmond Roads at Marsden Park. Meantime Queensland police are also investigating a fatal crash near Townsville this morning. Officers are urging drivers to take extra care during the busy holiday period. Battling retailers are expecting the Christmas sales to bring in up to $1.8 billion. Today bargain hungry customers flocked to shops for the Boxing Day clearance sales with department stores in some cities opening their doors at 5 a.m. Hundreds of shoppers lined up in Sydney from last night hoping to bag the best deal. In sport Australia is on top, Sri Lanka is Scilegtdsed for just 156 on day one of the Boxing Day test. The weather forecast for tomorrow, it will be hot and thunder y in the west. Mostly sunny in the south and the south-east. Our top story this News Day. A 76 strong fleet is now headed down the coast of NSW after the start of the 68th Sydney to Hobart yacht race. The hot favourite Wild Oats XI was first out of Sydney Harbour ahead of close rival and defending champ Ragamuffin Loyal. Ragamuffin Loyal broke the start but officials have not penalised the yacht with spinnakers up the fleet weaved its way around thousands of spectator craft before heading out to the Tasman Sea. Two hours before the race super maxi Wild Thing was ruled out because according to officials it hadn't provided necessary documentation following hull modifications. The yacht's frustrated skipper Wharington said the scratching was a conspiracy. This report from our sports reporter, Luke Doherty. The yacht club of Australia as one of the line honours favourites but just hours before their rivals Wild Oats XI and Ragamuffin Loyal would hit Sydney Harbour for the start, the Commodore of the cruising yacht club Piggott ruined Wharington dream. The race committee will not be accepting the entry of the boat Wild Thing as a result of noncompliance with a notice of race. It all relates to paperwork regarding modifications made to Wild Thing. Wharington says his safety certificate is up to scratch. Here's what Wharington had to say. I'm just so disappointed for the crew and the team. We've assemble ed a fantastic team to sail on the boat this year, as you know we've got 6 girls on the boat and 13 guys. It's a great blend of people with enormous talent from all over the country and actually some from the other side of the world. It's a tremendous disappointment tore them. I've done the race 24 times but some of them, for some of them it's the first. I think there's two people on the boat, it's their first race. So it's really tough for them. It's the race we all look forward to every year and prepare for. So a lot of time and effort goes in, so yeah, devastated. As for Wild Thing's competitors, some of them weren't stunned by the news. The part of yacht racing is you've got to comply with the rulings, and if you don't you've got to expect the committee to be look hard at it. There's always pressure on to get everything done. You're trying to maximise the boat to the best of your ability. I don't know what liaison they've had with London. No doubt they've been trying to do their best to get them the correct certificate. That hasn't happened. Again it comes back to the race organisers, how they manage that. Our other top story this News Day. It's been revealed five Australian tourists were on board a plane which crashed in central Myanmar. The Australians all survived but three people were killed and at least 11 others injured when the jet came down on a road in thick fog. Adelaide locals Anna Barch and her husband Stuart Benson were on board but escaped on minor injuries. They lost all their possessions in the crash but were issued new Australian pass ports by the embassy. The embassy is assisting other tourists who were involved. Lying smashed up and still burning in a Paddy field just short of the runway it's incredible to think the vast majority of those on board this passenger jet managed to scramble out of the wreckage uninjured. A handful died. Around a dozen were hurt. But a higher casualty toll was probably minimised by the fact the aircraft was travelling at a relatively low speed coming in too land at a local airport in Burma's eastern state of Shan. The jet carrying more than 70 people was packed with foreign tourists. Those passengers including Americans, French, Taiwanese and at least four British nationals were flown back to the Burmese capital Rangoon. The injured were transferred to hospital but the majority are being put up in local hotels before being interviewed by crash investigators. The cause is still to be determined but already there are conflict gtss reports about what went wrong. The plane's operators said the plane hit electrical wires as it came in to lands but aviation officials said the pilots had mistaken a nearby road for the runway in thick fog. Both pilots survived the crash. Their testimony will be vital in establishing the cause of the accidents. Mark White, Sky News. To other news now and at least three people have died on NSW roads today. Two people died when a four-wheel drive crashed on the Hume Highway at Holbrook. In Sydney a man died when two cars collided on Richmond Road at Mars den Park. Meantime Queensland police are also investigating a fatal crash near Townsville this morning. A man was killed when his car veered off the road. Officers are urging drivers to take care during the busy holiday period. Meantime a Victorian family is also in mourning today after a taxi driver was killed in a Christmas Day crash yesterday evening. The cabbie was stopped at traffic lights in Geelong when it was hit by another car. The taxi driver died at the scene. The driver and passenger in the other car weren't hurt. Police want any witnesses to contact them. Perth is in the grip of a heat wave with sweltering conditions expected to last for the rest of the year. Temperatures edged towards 40 degrees yesterday. Hospitals, firefighters and surf life savers are all on high alert. The fourth hottest was 2010. Temperatures over the next five days are tipped to soar above 37 degrees. Overseas news now, despite Pope Benedict urging an end to the bloodshed in Syria during his Christmas message there's been little peace. At least 150 people were reported killed in the latest bout of fighting. The violence across Syria continued on tds. There was a particular amount of violence in and around Damascus. Amateur videos prord to show the shelling in and around Damascus. You see this structure on fire, a huge plume of smoke rising to the sky above. Another piece of video we like to point out to our viewers, also amateur, we can't vary fy its authenticity, but it reports shelling around Damascus. Also on Tuesday UN Arab League envoy continued his trip, pushing for... he met with members of the national opposition coordination commission at the Sheridan hotel in Damascus. This is considered to be an internal opposition group. There have not been a lot of results from the UN about what happened at that meeting but there was a press conference held in which the chairman of that group said that some sort of solutions for the crisis there were discussed. It must be noted though that the national opposition coordination commission is viewed largely as a Government approved organisation or a front and is not recognised by groups such as the FFA or the LGC who consider themselves the legitimate... To Britain where it wasn't a white Christmas but a wet one. There are hundreds of flood warnings and alerts across England and Wales, most of which are more the Midlands and the south-west. This could be any pub on Christmas morning but on close inspection you notice the water mark, the bare floor and the lack of soft furnishings. Just days before Christmas, the London inn and dozens of homes and business in Den were deluged as the million pound flood defences were overwhelmed on Saturday morning. We couldn't believe that we would ever be able to open but as soon as the water was gone it was just amazing. I can't believe how quick people were here and so willing to help. It was just, takes a sweep to mop out and then we boarded up the doors at the front and the back, put sand bags up, then went for a session in the pub, came back and it was all pouring back in again. Thanks to the help of friends and family the pub was able to open at lunchtime on Christmas Eve. The community spirit here has been impressive. The environment agency and the coast guard were brilliant but they needed locals to help out, people who know the area, people talking about different bridges, different areas, they know where they are. Not everyone has been so lucky. All of the stock in this shop was completely destroyed. It will be another eight weeks before it can reopen. Although the sun has been shining today people here are concerned about the forecast. The ground is saturated, particularly here in the south-west and in the Midlands. More rain is on the way for Boxing Day. The environment agency says there's an ongoing risk of flooding from groundwater, particularly in Dorset. Although they're not expecting any significant property flooding they're warning people to remain aware because it won't take much to cause more chaos. Back home and the annual Boxing Day sales have kicked off, kicked off early this morning with hundreds of shoppers storming the major retail stores. David Jones and Myers starteded trading at 5 a.m. and there were plenty of eager bargain hunters waiting for the doors to open. We do it every year but something which we save up for a whole year, whatever is the best value on offer, we go for it. Australians are tipped to spend $1.8 billion today with the big retailers to stay open until midnight. For those not brave enough to fight through the crowds, the sales are also available online. Earlier on News Day I spoke with Maggie Osmond from the Australian National Retailers Association. I asked her what effect online retail was having on this year's Boxing Day sales. We saw a lot of cutting before Christmas butty're seeing even more now. I think that the whole online dimension has added something really impressive to this. Clearly if we're looking at top tips, it is do your research before you get there, have a look at what's available. If you really enjoy the atmosphere and the buzz of the ultimate adrenaline shop which is Boxing Day, take yourself in store. Serge a bit of a party atmosphere on the streets. There was a big increase in online combrer. The younger age groups who you might have thought would do the bulk of shopping online appear not. It tends to be people of the age when they might have kids that are the biggest online shopping users simply because of the convenience aspect I think. But in the run-up to Christmas we thought we were probably looking at a $32 billion Christmas which is a bit of an up tick on last year, but nothing to write home about. Of that figure about 8% we calculate would have gone directly overseas and of course no GST collected on it. Do stay with us. Coming up this News Day. A real outback Christmas on board the Indian Pacific train. You're with News Day, just ahead we'll take you through all the action from the Boxing Day test. First though a check of the news headlines. Wild Oats XI is leading the snoent fleet south minus the super maxi Wild Thing which was disqualified for filing incomplete paperwork. Meanwhile officials have announced that Ragamuffin Loyal has not been penalised despite breaking the start. Five Australian tourists have been lucky to escape with their lives after a passenger jet crashed in Myanmar, killing three people and injuring 11 others. It's been a shocking Boxing Day on the nation's roads with four people killed in NSW, crashes and in Queensland. Police are urging drivers take extra care on the road during the holiday period. The weather forecast, it will be hot and thundery in the west, mostly sunny in the south and the south-east. Christmas is a time of giving, a time to reflect and give something back and that's what the annual Indian Pacific outback Christmas train is all about. Sky News reporter Reid Robinson made the journey from Sydney to Perth on board the Indian Pacific and experienced what an outback Christmas is really like. Day two marks the halfway point of our journey, as we head further west the landscape exchanges from the lush green of the east coast to the red dirt of the out back. We soon hit the null bar. After a couple of hours the Indian Pacific grinds to a halt at the remote outpost of Watson. Looking out the window there's a crowd of indigenous kids who are eagerly awaiting their annual visit from sanda. Many of these children have travelled hundreds of kilometres, some even camped out overnight. The kids here are clearly excited to get a visit from Santda but the annual visit means more than a visit by a man in a big red suit. The schools here use it as an incentive to go to school and use the vitit as a reward. The kids look forward to it all the year. It's something kids look forward to all year. I came with them last year, we really wanted to back it up again, and just all week the kids have been so excited. Been counting down on the calendar and really looking forward to it. This is something reinforced at home too with parents and indigenous leaders recognising by educating children in their community they ensure their cultural identity is passed on to the next generation. It's really special because the children are in a remote area. It's good for them something like this hap and of course you see Brian also and Santa. But taste good meeting with people. As we head further west the view changes little before we're hit by a rain storm that brings welcome relief but as quickly as it came the storm is gone. Next stop is Kalgoorlie where more than 100 people have packed the car park for the final Christmas concert and Santa's final appearance. The kids here are as excited as anywhere else we've been but in Kalgoorlie we're treated to a traditional Aboriginal wel come dance. Although the Indian Pacific outback Christmas train spread some Christmas cheer and brings some famous faces to some of the most isolated towns in the country it's about much more than that, it's about giving something back and saying thank you to the communities who support the train and make sure each transcont nettle journey goes off without a hitch, spreading some Christmas cheer on board the train, Reid Robinson, Sky News. Time time now for all the sport with Megan Barnard. Australia is off and racing at the crease after dismissing Sri Lanka for just 156 before tea on the opening day of the Boxing Day test. Earlier Mitchell Johnson ripped through the tourists' middle order taking four wickets. Dave warner smashed a quickfire 62 but it's now Cowan and Hughes at the crease. After being under an injury cloud all week Michael Clarke this morning said he was fit enough to play. I call myself a hundred per cent, as I said yesterday in the press conference if I couldn't turn up today and perform at my best for the team I wouldn't have been playing. Mitchell Starc was denied a start opening the door for Jackson Bird who received a late but great Christmas present. Well done mate. (APPLAUSE) And shortly after, a mote he'll never forget. Bird gets his first. What a moment. Listen to the roar of the crowd. Mitchell Johnson struck soon after. Went the big line, maybe an inside edge. When Peter Siddle dismissed Mahela Jayawardene the tourists were 3 for 37, leaving Kumar Sangakkara to lift the Sri Lankan spirit. It's going all the way. He brought it up in great style, 150,000 test match runs for the Sri Lankan master. After lunch Bird grabbed his second, the tour iftle in all sorts of trouble when Hussey showed his class in the field. Edge, well caught Michael Hussey, gee he's good in there. Johnson Des prats to keep up with his fellow pace plen and went on a ramp age bagging back-to-back wickets. There was more damage to follow and this time Wade got in on the action, in incredible fashion. Nervous look. And takes a beauty. Nathan Lyon wrapping up the tail, Sri Lanka all out for just 156. It brought Ed Cowan and a big hitting Dave Warner to the crease. It's a beauty. That could go all the way. Barner bringing up his 50 off just 34 balls but just as he was getting going, he was gone. No, he can't, oh, he has, you're kidding! Ragamuffin Loyal has not been penalised despite breaking the start at the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Wild Oats XI led the fleet of 76 out of Sydney's heads, minus the super maxi Wild Thing. Oh, that's very close. Well it looked as though the possibly Ragamuffin Loyal could have been over early but you've got to say that oats oat has won the -- Wild Oats XI has won the start. Lift off, full thotle, we're bound for Hobart. Great start by Wild Oats XI, Ricko's done it again. Wild Wild Oats XI is aiming to take out line honours. Just weeks out from the first grand slam of the year Rafael Nadal is yet to make his return from a serious knee injury. The 26-year-old hasn't played a match since June. He has been forced to pull out with a stomach virus. The knee injury has seen the 11 time grand slam winner pull out of the US Open, the Olympics and the Davis Cup final. Nadal is scheduled to compete at the Qatar Open on New Year's Eve and of course the Australian Open. Let's hope he's there. That is all the sport from me. Back to you Ash. We'll continue bringing you updates throughout the evening here on Sky News. Now looking at the weather though, a band of cloud over eastern NSW is bringing showers. Some of them heavy. Cloud over WA with another trough is causing showers and the odd storm. The forecasts for tomorrow: Thanks for your company on News Day today. I'll see you again tomorrow. 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